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