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Aspidistra Genus

Cast iron plant

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General Needs

  • LightShade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH4.0 to 5.5
  • WaterSemi-moist


Aspidistra genus (Cast iron plant). This genus consists of evergreen rhizomatous perennials that will spread slowly. They produce lance-shaped to elliptic leaves which are glossy green. It will flower in spring and summer producing small cream-red-brown or purple blooms.


Perennials, Evergreens, Shrubs or Herbaceous

Other common names



China, Japan.

Interest and use

Grown for their glossy foliage.


They are frost hardy with a min of -5C. They are very tolerant, but are better grown in a cool shady position away from direct sunlight, in very well drained soil. You will need to water frequently when in full growth, and then less at other times.


Propagation is by division of rhizomes in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

In a greenhouse you may find problems with mealy bugs, spider mites, scale insects.

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