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Aspidistra elatior (Common aspidistra)

Intermediate
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Aspidistra elatior

Other names

Bar room plant, Common aspidistra, Cast iron plant

Genus

Aspidistra Aspidistra

Species

A. elatior - A. elatior is a tender, evergreen perennial with lance-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves and inconspicuous brown-cream flowers at soil level in summer.


Aspidistra elatior is: Evergreen

Habit

Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Brown, Cream in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Mealybugs , Scale insects , Thrips , Vine weevil Glasshouse red spider mite , Mealybugs , Scale insects , Thrips , Vine weevil

General care

Pruning

No pruning required. Remove dead leaves to the base.

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Aspidistra elatior (Common aspidistra) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Conservatory, Containers, Drought Tolerant, Indoor, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Grow inside in loam-based potting compost in filtered light. Water sparingly in winter and apply fertiliser once a month. Tolerates neglect. If grown outdoors, plant in a frost-free environment in full or partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Indoor unheated (H2)

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Botanical name

Aspidistra elatior

Other names

Bar room plant, Common aspidistra, Cast iron plant

Genus

Aspidistra Aspidistra

Species

A. elatior - A. elatior is a tender, evergreen perennial with lance-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves and inconspicuous brown-cream flowers at soil level in summer.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Brown, Cream in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Mealybugs , Scale insects , Thrips , Vine weevil

General care

Pruning

No pruning required. Remove dead leaves to the base.

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Aspidistra elatior (Common aspidistra) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Conservatory, Containers, Drought Tolerant, Indoor, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Grow inside in loam-based potting compost in filtered light. Water sparingly in winter and apply fertiliser once a month. Tolerates neglect. If grown outdoors, plant in a frost-free environment in full or partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Indoor unheated (H2)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9

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