Asahi Cast Iron Plant
Aspidistra elatior 'Asahi'
Asahi Cast Iron Plant
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Height: 3 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Lime Striped Cast Iron Plant, Bar Room Plant
This variety is as tough as its name implies; pale green, blade like leaves with central white stripes; an excellent deep shade groundcover or container accent; a very tolerant plant that is easy to grow and maintain; a perfect house plant
Asahi Cast Iron Plant's attractive sword-like leaves remain light green in colour with prominent white stripes throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Asahi Cast Iron Plant is a dense herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Asahi Cast Iron Plant is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Asahi Cast Iron Plant will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Asahi Cast Iron Plant is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.