Aspidistra eliator

Aspidistra elatior

Cast iron plant

  • Botanical name: Aspidistra elatior
  • Common name: Cast iron plant
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Plant Type: House plant, Perennial, Evergreen
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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.

How to grow Aspidistra elatior

  • Plant size

    60cm height

    30cm spread

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, partial shade

Aspidistra elatior and wildlife

Aspidistra elatior has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Aspidistra elatior poisonous?

Aspidistra elatior has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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