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Aspidistra elatior

Cast Iron Plant

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Aspidistra elatior is an evergreen herbaceous perennial plant with upright, glossy, deep green, spear-shaped leaves held on narrow stalks that slowly spreads from underground into a dense clump. Interesting, rather than showy, flowers are produced at ground level in older plant.

Beloved by Victorians as an indestructible houseplants for unheated shady rooms, these are tolerant of low light, humidity, temperature, water and food.

A little TLC will improve their looks no end - turn the dull green to deep glossy green with perhaps more than one new leaf per year. Maybe a surprise, however, is that these do remarkably well when planted outside, where tolerance of deep shade and dry soil is of value.

Snails, however, can limit their use in this way as they can decimate a family heirloom overnight.

Aspidistra elatior Identification Sheet

Japan, Taiwan
Common name(s)
Cast Iron Plant
Full to part shade, well-drained soil
Eventual height
Eventual spread
to -8C or lower
Skill level

Product warranties

We can guarantee that the plants leave our nursery disease free, but weather and local conditions might affect their survival. Make sure you always make an informed purchasing decision.

The plants that leave our nursery are in the best condition, free of disease. Kept in adequate conditions (positioning and care), the plants are guaranteed for 3 months if they are planted in the ground or one year if they are kept in their original pots. Return policy applies only to plants that are in their original pots.

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Delivery location

Due to the nature of the consignments, the courier's drivers are not insured to carry goods through your property. The standard delivery location is the border of your property or the entrance of a communal space. If other arrangements need to be made, please get in touch with us as soon as the order is placed.
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Reviews (4)

Rated 5.00 on the scale 1 - 5 based on 4 customer reviews
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have had 3 plants from you all good service except the delivery firm who you have now changed and gave me a free delivery so well pleased all in excellent condition

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Very quick delivery and a very well packaged plant. Great service,thank you very much.

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This plant was even better than imagined on arrival, the packaging had kept it well protected (even though it had been stood in torrential rain outside) and it looks gorgeous in its new position. I bought the 3ltr pot, and it has so many more leaves/stalks than I expected- great proportions and lots of new-ish leaves. Very happy, thank you.

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Superb plant, prompt efficient service