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ASPIDISTRA elatior 'Variegata'

Image of Aspidistra elatior 'Variegata'

Grandiflora

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

ASPIDISTRA elatior 'Variegata'

Plant Common Name

Cast Iron Plant, Variegated Cast Iron Plant

General Description

Variegated cast iron plant is an evergreen perennial with upright blade-like, glossy, dark green leaves with cream-white striations. Its coarse foliage produces a bold, tropical effect year-round in warm climates or as a houseplant in cold climates.

Plant outdoors as a groundcover in deep shade in average, well drained, sandy soils or indoors in containers. Water and fertilize regularly in the summer growing season. Over-fertilization leads to diminished leaf variegation.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    12"-20" / 30.5cm - 50.8cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Houseplant, Tropical

  • Self-Sowing

    No