Aspidistra elatior (Variegated Cast Iron Plant)
A very hardy indoor plant or suitable for shady spots in the garden. It has quite a big root system which is what makes it particularly tough and drought tolerant. Competes well in areas with high competition, ie around palms and bamboo.
The Cast Iron Plant makes fantastic indoor display pots. Its the sort of plant that will forgive you if you forget to water for a couple of weeks. Best in well lit rooms in the house.
The Aspidistras tend to be fairly slow growing, which is why they tend to be a bit more expensive, but its this same characteristic that makes them such good pot plants or low maintenance ground covers in the garden.
The root systems are fairly large in proportion to the above ground foliage and its this that enables them to compete particularly well in areas were roots from other trees and palms would otherwise be a problem.
The Cast Iron Plant does get a small, somewhat insignificant flower just above the surface of the soil. Its pretty rare for them to flower so even though the flowers are small, its still quite interesting when they eventually do flower. The aspidistra flowers are usually pollinated by slugs, which is why the flowers tend to be at ground level.
Aspidistra elatior (Variegated Cast Iron Plant) - 180mm pot
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