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Aspidistra attenuata 'Dungpu Dazzler'

Attenuate Cast Iron Plant

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Item #: 7543

Zones: 9a to 10b, possibly colder

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 40" tall

Culture: Light Shade to Shade

Origin: Taiwan

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)


This amazing Crug Farm collection of cast iron plant comes from Dungpu, Taiwan, where it forms dense colonies in the well-drained forest soil. The dark evergreen leaves, highlighted with a few small yellow spots, reach 40" tall x 3" wide. This is a cast iron plant you will certainly grow for the showy flowers...the most floriferous aspidistra we've ever seen. The stunning 2" creamy yellow flowers with peach centers magically appear en masse around Christmas atop the soil surface, resembling plates of sauteed yellow starfish...fascinating. In the garden at 8 degrees F, the old foliage burned off, but the plants regrew nicely in spring.

Maintenance:

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.

Growing Conditions:

Cast iron plants grow well in both moist and dry soils as long as the drainage is good. Cast iron plants 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, keeps them from getting stressed and becoming susceptible to spider mites.

Garden Value:

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.