Cast Iron Plant | Aspidistra elatior

Latin Name: Aspidistra elatior
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If you really do struggle with keeping your house plants alive, aspidistra is the plant for you. They have been a favourite in British and American interiors for centuries. It is referred to as the Bar-room plant for its ability to survive in smoky, dingy bars where it will be knocked about and neglected.

Will tolerate any position out of direct sun and establish itself into an irrigation system slowly.

Largely resistant to many pests and will grow gradually, to a maximum height of around a metre. They last a long, long time. There are specimens confirmed to have lived for well over 100 years.

The roots are similarly slow growing to the plant itself, but what it lacks in excitement it more than makes up for in durability and hardiness.

It will occasionally produce an unusual looking stemless purple flower, sprouting from the compost at the base of the plant.

Over time it will sprout new leaves, moving towards the edge of the pot and eventually creating a bushy mass of packed foliage.

We also stock variegated a version of this plant, which is among the rarest and most coveted house plants of the last decade. If you are interested in one of these collectors items, please click here or get in touch with us.