Aspidistra elatior

COMMON NAME

Cast-iron-plant

TYPE

Low Foliage

FAMILY

Asparagaceae

NOTES

Commonly called cast iron plant for its ability to survive significant cultural abuse. Stemless, evergreen foliage plant that typically grows to 3’ tall. Arching, lanceolate, glossy dark green leaves (to 24” long and 4” wide) rise up directly from its fleshy rootstock on long stems. Insignificant creamy-purple flowers may appear at soil level in spring.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Japan and Taiwan

NATIVE HABITAT

Marshy soil of shady mountain forests

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

missouribotanicalgarden.org

temperate.theferns.info



Aspidistra elatior