Aspidistra elatior - Cast iron plant
Various references state that the genus Aspidistra contains about seven to thirty species. Whatever the
count, all are native to Asia. They are leafy herbaceous
plants with stems below ground. This species has been cultivated as a house
plant for many years. Its rugged tolerance of dry, shady places earned it the
common name, cast iron plant. Broad, evergreen leaves grow to two feet tall. Clusters
of yellow flowers are borne at ground level and are hidden by the leaves. It is
thought that these flowers are pollinated by slugs and snails.
Plants can be seen at several locations around campus, including a planter east of building 2, a planter west of building 1, and in the OutTakes Plaza.
A herbaceous plant with leaves about two feet tall.
Water: well-drained soil, drought tolerant
Soil: adaptable to soil types, no other special requirements
This is a reliable garden plant for Jacksonville. It grows best in a shady, well-drained area and makes a great groundcover under shade trees. It grows steadily but not aggressively.