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Aspidistra elatior 'Shooting Stars' (Cast Iron plant)

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Plant description

aspidistra elatior cast iron plant shooting stars 1

aspidistra elatior cast iron plant shooting stars 2

An outstanding perennial plant for its hardiness and tolerance of neglect, it is great for growing indoors and in shady areas of the garden. Its lush large leaves are spotted with cream and are great to use in cut flower arrangements. Few indoor plants can compete with Aspidistras for handling low humidity, temperature variations and irregular watering, so they suit beginner plant growers. They are also reputed to be good for cleaning the air of volatile gases. Best in part to full shade as too much sun can burn the leaves. Too much water can cause root rot. Can cope with very light frost but heavier will kill the plant.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: cream and mauve
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.8 metres
Minimum height: 0.5 metres

Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: 0.5 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: not specified.

Sand: moist.

Pests

Mites

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: Half strength liquid occasionally.

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