Aspidistra elatior
Aspidistra elatior
Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistra elatior



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Aspidistra elatior will produce beautifully glossy, lance shaped leaves that make a gloriously green statement in an interior, and at the same time purify the air. Unusual flowers with an intriguingly martian appearance appear in mature plants at soil level. Their reputation as being virtually indestructible explains their common name of Cast Iron Plant.

Aspidistra are indigenous to the Far East. Introduced to Britain in the 1820s they became hugely popular and eventually, to their cost, symbolised the bourgeoisie, notably in literature. Until the 1980s they had been little researched, but now there is a resurgence in interest and Aspidistras are back! It is a recipient of the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit), for all round excellence.

  • Pot size: 17cm (6½in)
  • Height and Spread: Potentially H: 1.5-2.5m (4ft 9in-8ft) x W: 1-1.5 m (3ft-4ft 9in) after 10-20 years
  • Soil: Well-draining, loam based potting compost
  • Position: Bright, indirect light or shade (sun will scorch leaves)
  • Non-toxic
  • Air purifying
  • Please note, the pot cover featured is not included

This Aspidistra tolerates all positions except direct sunlight. Water when the soil has nearly dried out (to avoid root rot), do not water during the winter. Give it two or three liquid feeds in the growing season and mist the leaves regularly. Protect from draughts.