Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistra elatior


Member Price: $39.95

Cast Iron Plant
Cast Iron Plant

Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistra elatior

Price: $44.95

Member Price: $39.95

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The Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior) is a robust, evergreen perennial known for its tough, adaptable nature and attractive foliage. As its name suggests, this plant is incredibly resilient, making it an excellent choice for gardeners seeking a low-maintenance, shade-loving plant.

The Overall Plant

Native to the forest floors of Japan and Taiwan, the Cast Iron Plant is a hardy, slow-growing perennial that can reach a height of 2-3 feet and a spread of up to 2 feet. This plant is well-suited for USDA hardiness zones 7-11, making it appropriate for various climates. The Cast Iron Plant prefers well-drained, organically rich soil, but can also tolerate a range of soil types, including clay, loamy, and sandy soils.

One of the Cast Iron Plant's most notable attributes is its ability to thrive in low light conditions. It is an ideal choice for shaded gardens or indoor spaces with limited sunlight. The plant is also tolerant of temperature fluctuations, air pollution, and neglect, making it a popular choice for urban landscapes and busy homeowners.

The Foliage

The Cast Iron Plant is primarily grown for its attractive, lance-shaped foliage. The leaves are dark green, glossy, and leathery, with a length of up to 24 inches. The lush, arching foliage creates a dense, clumping growth habit, making the Cast Iron Plant an excellent choice for ground cover or as a filler plant in shaded garden beds.

There are also variegated cultivars of the Cast Iron Plant available, which feature leaves with creamy white or yellow stripes, adding extra visual interest to the garden or indoor space. The plant's foliage remains vibrant and healthy throughout the year, providing year-round color and texture.

The Flowers

While the Cast Iron Plant does produce flowers, they are small, inconspicuous, and typically hidden beneath the plant's foliage. The flowers are brownish-purple, bell-shaped, and appear at the base of the plant near the soil surface. Due to their hidden nature and limited aesthetic appeal, the Cast Iron Plant is primarily valued for its foliage rather than its blooms.

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Every plant comes with our expert planting guide that will cover the specifics to ensure your plant grows absolutely nuts. It also comes with our free 30 day guarantee so if you aren't happy we got you covered.

Why Flora's Market?

We're not some middleman or corporate farm, when you buy from Flora's Market you are buying directly from a family of growers that's been doing it for generations. We pride ourselves on quality, that's why we back our plants 100% with our grower guarantee. If you're not happy don't sweat it, we got you covered.

Mature height: 2-3 ft.

Mature width: 1-2 ft.

Sunlight: Partial-Full Shade

Growth rate: Moderate

Growing zones:

Outdoor: 8-10