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Aspidistra elatior

Also known as

Cast Iron Plant, Bar-room plant

Aspidistra elatior 01 by Digigalos (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Aspidistra Overview

Aspidistra elatior is a herbaceous perennial plant from the Asparagaceae family. Growing from rhizomes, this is a common species. The leaves are tough and dark green; they are pointed at the tip. The flowers are cream to dark purple and bell-shaped. Commonly known by the names Cast Iron Plant and Common Aspidistra, amongst others. Cast Iron Plant has been used as an indoor plant for many years and can be used as a garden plant for heavily shaded areas, down to -5 degrees Celsius. Aspidistra elatior needs little care and attention, growing slowly in shaded spots with ease, it can survive for over 50 years.

Common problems with Aspidistra

Generally problem-free, but can be susceptible to pests when grown indoors.

How to harvest Aspidistra

Leaves are harvested for cut flower industry or green filler in flower arrangements. Cut down near soil level, do not remove too many from one plant at the same time!

How to propagate Aspidistra


Divide thick patches in spring and replant immediately.


Special features of Aspidistra

Indoor plant

Tolerates shade, dust as well as heat, cold, wet soil, drought, neglect and low light conditions, but no direct sunlight.

Pot plant

Provide well draining potting mix, fertilize every 3 to 4 months.

Drought resistant

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Aspidistra

Indoor plant.


Leaves are popular in cut flower arrangements

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