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Aspidistra elatior

Cast Iron Plant
  • Plant Type:
  • Perennial, Shrub
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Evergreen
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Small
  • Also Grown As:
  • Bush
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 3' x 3'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Upright
  • Native To:
  • Japan
  • Exposure:
  • Full Shade
  • Water:
  • Medium Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Insignificant
  • Special Features:
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Container Sizes:
  • #1, #5
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 4-10, 12-24


Aspidistra elatior is commonly called “Cast Iron Plant” and for very good reason. Deep shade, single digit temperature winters, poor soil, and extended drought don’t faze this stately slow grower. The only thing it cannot handle is direct sunshine, as it will burn. Victorian households commonly used Aspidistra indoors for a touch of a tropical look in parlors that were usually only heated when company came to visit. Plant Aspidistra under stairs where a splash of green is desired, in shady spots where nothing else will thrive, or even go the old fashioned route, and use as a houseplant.