Aspidistra sichuanensis 'Rawhide'
Rawhide Cast Iron Plant
Item #: 2172
Zones: 8b to 10b, at least
Height: 20" tall
Culture: Light Shade to Shade
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
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Aspidistra 'Rawhide' is one of the most unusual cast iron plants we've ever grown. Plantsman Ted Stephens of Nurseries Caroliniana brought this unusual selection of the Chinese Aspidistra sichuanensis from the garden of the late variegated plant collector/author Dr. Yokoi of Japan. The leaves have the thickness of hard plastic, which is most likely due to a ploidy mutation, which means this is probably a tetraploid. The 20" tall stalks include 10" long x 4" wide leaf blades, heavily spotted with yellow. Aspidistra 'Rawhide' is one of those virtually indestructible plants that actually looks and feels artificial. In the ground, we see foliage burn below 15 degrees F, so in colder climates, it's best as a house plant.