Aspidistra ebianensis 'Flowing Fountains'
Flowing Fountains Cast Iron Plant
Item #: 9916
Zones: 7b to 11
Height: 24" tall
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Aspidistra ebianensis 'Flowing Fountains' is a unique cast iron plant, brought to the US as an un-named clone of Aspidistra lurida from China's Wuhan Botanical Garden by plantsman Hayes Jackson. For us, Aspidistra ebianensis 'Flowing Fountains' has formed a strongly arching clump to 2' tall x 6' wide in ten years. The clump is composed of 20" long x 2" wide dark green leaves which are heavily speckled with large creamy yellow spots. Aspidistra ebianensis 'Flowing Fountains' makes a superb groundcover and is one of the finest cast iron plant cultivars we grow. It overwintered well in our gardens at 9 degrees F in 2013/2014.
Aspidistra are very low maintenance perennials. Each leaf can last up to 3 years, but after the second year, it will begin to show signs of aging and leaf degradation. For that reason, we recommend removing all old foliage regularly to retain the attractiveness of the clump. It's always disappointing to see large patches of cast iron plants in public spaces where it hasn't been properly maintained.
Cast iron plants grow well in both moist and dry soils as long as the drainage is good. Aspidistra must be grown in shade, since their foliage will scorch if they are subjected to sun. In the jungles where they grow, they are often seen in very deep shade.
In containers, they make superb house plants. The common name cast iron plant speaks to their durability in less than ideal conditions.Regular moisture including increased humidity when they are grown as house plants keep them from getting stressed and becoming susceptible to spider mites.
The bold texture and upright form of cast iron plants is invaluable in the garden, since there few other plants with this form and texture. Many cast iron plants have amazing flowers, produced at the base of the foliage, often in the winter months. While these flowers are rarely noticed in the garden, they can be quite attractive in the home.
Bloom Time: Winter
Garden Themes: Living Wall
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