Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistra elatior

Growzone: 6-11

Cast Iron Plant is as tough as its name implies. Hardy from zones 6 to 11, Cast Iron Plant makes an excellent houseplant in areas that have little to no natural light. 
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10" $119.95
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Cast Iron Plant Information

Cast Iron Plant is a great houseplant choice for beginners, as it performs well with minimal care. These plants handle the lowest light conditions, from fluorescent light to bright, indirect light indoors to full shade outside where hardy. They take well to drying out between watering, and don’t need to be fed often. Cast Iron Plants are really as tough as the name implies.

These plants do extremely well in offices or buildings where they can live away from windows or natural light. They are frequently found in atriums indoors as they pair well with many different plants especially in mixed containers. Cast Iron Plants can be moved outdoors during the summer months and into fully shaded patios or front porches; they appreciate the higher humidity outdoors.

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History and introduction of Cast Iron Plants


Native to the Osumi Islands in Japan, Cast Iron Plant has varieties that are still being discovered in Asia. Perhaps as a result of being tolerant of all conditions, Cast Iron Plant grows very slowly whether indoors or outside. These plants produce a small purple flower near the ground when grown outdoors. Originally introduced as a plant for middle class parlors in Victorian times, Cast Iron Plant has been in America for more than 100 years. This history gives insight into the other common name for Cast Iron Plant, Parlor Plant.

Aspidistra elatior is the Latin name for Cast Iron Plant. Aspidistra means shield like, and elatior means larger.