Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Aspidistra fimbriata 'Secret Stalker'
Secret Stalker Cast Iron Plant
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Item #: 7545
Zones: 8a to 10b
Height: 36" tall
(syn: Aspidistra sp. Hainan #1) This Nick Turland selection of Aspidistra fimbriata hails from 2,800' elevation in Daioluo Shan, Hainan China, where it resided underneath a forest of Dacrydium and other Fagaceae trees. Aspidistra fimbriata 'Secret Stalker' has the tallest stalks of any cast iron plant we grow. The 3' tall foliage includes a stalk of 20" topped by a 16" tall x 3" wide medium green leaf blade. At 8 degrees F the plants burned to the ground but returned in spring.
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, keeps 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 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
Container Role: Thrillers
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