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

Category:

Groundcovers

Perennials

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Purple

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Variegated

Mottled

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Marietta, Georgia

Summerville, South Carolina

San Antonio, Texas

Mukilteo, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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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!