Cast Iron Plant - Liliaceae (Convallariaceae) Aspidistra Elatior

What You Need to Know About the Cast Iron Plant – Liliaceae (Convallariaceae) Aspidistra Elatior

The cast-iron plant from China is one of the most resilient houseplants ever introduced. It grows as a clump, producing man)’ single dark green leaves, which reach up to 2 ft. (60 cm) long. Cream and purple flowers, ¾ — 1¼ in. (2—3 cm) across, are pro­duced in spring, but may not be seen among the foliage. Varieties include: A.e. ‘Milky Way,’ with leaves speckled white, and A.e. ‘Variegata,’ with cream-variegated leaves.

Size: Height 18 in. (45 cm), spread 2 ft. (60 cm).

Light: Partial shade.

Temperature: Tolerates a wide range.

Moisture: Keep barely moist.

Feeding: Give standard fertilizer at each watering.

Propagation: Divide large plants in spring. Each piece should have leaves and some roots.

Special needs: Overwatering causes brown blotches on the surface of the leaves.