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Cast Iron Plant
Aspidistra elatior

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 8a-11  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of  USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 8a, where Cast Iron Plant is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

As the various common names suggest, the cast-iron plant is one tough evergreen plant. It will practically grow in the dark so is perfect for planting in those difficult to fill areas in deep shade, even under large shade trees. Upright, bold, dark green leaves form attractive clumps in the garden and contrast wonderfully with surrounding, light-colored plants. It can be grown as an evergreen perennial outdoors in zones 8-11 and ranks right up there with snake plants and Philodendrons as being an almost indestructible houseplant.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in upright clumps about 2 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide, the Cast Iron Plant is ideal for use as an evergreen accent in smaller garden spaces or a centerpiece in container gardens. It is ideal for use in groupings, mass plantings or as a border along paths and walkways in larger shady landscape spaces where it grows well under large shade trees, tall decks, or any other heavily shaded environment. An almost indestructible houseplant. A fine addition to the tropical-look garden, perennial shade gardens, cut flower gardens, cottage gardens and woodland and rock gardens.

Spacing:  18" for mass plantings; 42" or more for space between plants





Cultural Preferences

Cast Iron Plant thrives in dense shade to part shade and almost any well-drained soil with average fertility. Avoid exposing this plant to to direct afternoon sunlight. When grown as a houseplant use a container with a drainage hole(s) and a light premium potting mix. When grown outdoors in pots use a premium potting soil or a 50/50 mix of potting soil and potting mix.




Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 8a-11  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Perennial
Height at Maturity:  18-24"
Width at Maturity:  24-30"
Spacing:  18" for mass plantings; 42" or more for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Clumping, Dense, Upright, Vase/Fountain Shape
Growth Rate:  Slow or Moderate
Flower Color:  None
Flower Size:  NA  
Flowering Period:  NA
Flower Type:  NA
Fragrant Flowers:  NA
Foliage Color:  Deep Green
Fragrant Foliage:  NA
Berries:  NA
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full Shade to Part Shade (no afternoon sun)
Water Needs:  Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well-drained moist to somewhat dry
Soil pH:  4.5 - 5.5 (Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Humidity, Insect, Rabbit, Deep Shade



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