Cast Iron Plant
Aspidistra elatior 'Asahi'

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Aspidistra (ass-pi-DIS-truh) (Info)
Species: elatior (ee-LAY-tee-or) (Info)
Cultivar: Asahi

Category:

Perennials

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

4.5 or below (very acidic)

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

San Leandro, California

Chalmette, Louisiana

Picayune, Mississippi

Clayton, North Carolina

Bluffton, South Carolina

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Laurens, South Carolina

Lexington, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Georgetown, Texas

Leander, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Sep 11, 2010, purldiver from Portland, ME wrote:

I would absolutely love to know if anyone has had luck with the tips turning white in a pot. I read on one site that a "small pot" is ineffective. I want to grow this in my bedroom.

Positive

On May 23, 2005, brugmansialover from Santa Maria, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is another one of my favorites.. I have this one in my collection as well.. Its name means Morning sun.. The upper third of the leaves turn a dramatic white when the plant gets about 2 years old.. Its a long process to wait.. but its well worth it!!! I would wait that long for any cast iron plant to show me what its got! And it did surprise me!! I love it....