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PlantFiles: Cast Iron Plant
Aspidistra lurida 'Ginga'

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Aspidistra (ass-pi-DIS-truh) (Info)
Species: lurida (LEW-rid-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Ginga
Additional cultivar information: (aka Starry Night)

Synonym:Aspidistra kouytchensis
Synonym:Macrogyne convallariifolia

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ceallachg On Apr 16, 2006, ceallachg from Manchester, NH (Zone 5a) wrote:

A. lurida 'Ginga' is always sold in the trade as A. 'Milky Way'. The true A. 'Milky Way' does not appear to be cultivated in the US, and has leaves with both stripes and spots. The 18" tall narrow dark green leaves are speckled creamy white, as though a low bid painter just finished the ceiling above. In early spring, you will find the bizarre lily pad-like flowers of rich purple at the base of the foliage, where they are usually appreciated only by snails and slugs. Aspidistras are great for southern gardens where bold foliage is needed... perfect in dry shade!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Marietta, Georgia
Summerville, South Carolina
San Antonio, Texas
Mukilteo, Washington

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