Aspidistra elatior is also known as the cast iron plant – an apt description as it really does have a cast-iron constitution. It was a popular houseplant in Victorian times as it could withstand fumes from coal fires and gas lamps and can cope with gloomy conditions.
Aspidistra elatior can tolerate a fair degree of neglect and is very low maintenance. To keep it looking its best, give it a bright spot, out of direct sunshine, and keep the compost just moist. It will appreciate the occasional liquid feed. Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth from time to time to keep the leaves dust-free and shiny.
The cast iron plant thrives on being pot-bound, so only repot when the roots are coming out of the bottom or top of the pot. Top dress with fresh compost every spring.