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PlantFiles: Cast Iron Plant
Aspidistra elatior 'Asahi'

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

One vendor has this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

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

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral purldiver 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 brugmansialover 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....


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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