Common name: Common aspidistra, Cast iron plant
Native to: China
Aspidistra are rhizomatous, evergreen perennials with upright, leathery, elliptic or lance-shaped leaves and inconspicuous brownish flowers borne on the rhizome.
A. elatior is an evergreen rhizomatous perennial to 60cm, with glossy dark green, leathery, lance-shaped leaves and inconspicuous dull brownish-cream flowers borne at soil level in early summer
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Partial to full shade
Flowers: Inconspicuous, brownish
Foliage: Evergreen, leathery, eliptic or lance shaped leaves
Growth habit: Clump forming
Hardiness: Hardy and fairly low-maintenance, but not drought resistant
Height: Up to 1 metre
Spread: Up to 0.5 metre
Soil requirements: Prefers moist well-drained soils. Keep well mulched
Uses: Fantastic in very shaded areas that need some structure, such as under dense shade trees. Popular as indoor plants as low maintenance and tolerate very shaded conditions.