Aspidistra elatior or Cast Iron Plant is a tough evergreen, perennial herb noted for its ability to withstand abuse and neglect. It is a native to Japan.
Blooming Time: Spring. Flowers appear at ground level near the base of the leaves.
Culture: Aspidistra elatior thrive best in part shade to full shade. The potting mix should be a porous soil enriched in organic matter (2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 2 parts sand). The plants grow best if kept moist, but they can withstand considerable drought. Fertilize in spring and summer monthly with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. Re-potting should be done in early spring.
Propagation: Aspidistra elatior is propagated by division in early spring.
Aspidistra elatior was featured as Plant of the Week May 12-18, 2000.
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