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Cast-Iron Cast-Iron Cast-Iron
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Plant Profile
Botanical Name Aspidistra Elatior
Features A tough and popular foliage plant for foundation plannings or interior use. Evergreen leaves to 2 feet tall and 4 inch wide arise from underground stems.
Exposure Shade to partial sun
Hardiness Zone USDA Zones 6-11
Genus Description Aspidistra is a genus of 3 or more species of evergreen, rhizomatous perennials from woodland in the Himalayas, China, and Japan. The long-lasting, leathery, glossy, basal leaves are elliptic to lance shaped, pointed at the tips, and narrowed at the bases into long, slightly winged leaf stalks. Aspidistras are valued for their tolerance of deep shade, fluctuating temperatures, and neglect. Although commonly grown as houseplants, they are also useful as groundcover in mild climates. Cast-iron is one of the species of Aspidistras. It’s a rhizomatous perennial, usually grown as a houseplant, with ovate to lance shaped, glossy, dark green leaves 12-20 inches long, produced singly at short intervals along the rhizomes. Erect, fleshy, broadly bell-shaped, 8 lobbed cream flowers about 1 inch across, and maroon inside, are borne singly along the rhizomes in early summer.
Care Tips
Cultivation Under glass, grow in soil-based potting mix in bright filtered light. Water moderately when in growth, sparingly in winter. Once established, apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly (variegated cultivars tent to revert if overfed). Grows best with a minimum of 45-50 ͦ F. Outdoors, grow in moist but well drained, fertile, sandy loam with added leaf mold, in a sheltered site in full or partial shade. Divide in spring for propagation.
Pests and Diseases Relatively disease free under most conditions. Sometimes susceptible to anthracnose, fungal leaf spots, and nonparasitic conditions (algal leaf spot and slime molds) due to slow growth. Mealy bugs, scale insects, spider mites, and vine weevil larvae may sometimes be problems.

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