Aspidistra oblanceifolia 'Nagoya Stars'
Nagoya Stars Cast Iron Plant
Item #: 8431
Zones: 7b to 10b, at least
Height: 30" tall
Culture: Light Shade to Shade
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
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Where has this incredible aspidistra been all my life? Actually, Aspidistra oblanceifolia is a recently (1982) named Chinese species (southern Guizhou, western Hubei, and Sichuan) of cast iron plant. Thanks to plantsman Ted Stephens for sharing this cast iron plant he picked up from a Japanese nursery. In five years, Aspidistra 'Nagoya Stars' makes a fantastic 30" tall x 6' wide clump of upright, outward arching, dark glossy-green, 30" long leaves that are heavily speckled with medium-sized bright yellow spots. We've seen only a tiny bit of winter foliage burn at 9 degrees F. In early February (NC), the base of the evergreen foliage is adorned with dozens of small red flowers...one of the most prolific flowering cast iron plants we've ever seen, and without question, one of the best garden worthy cast iron plants ever introduced!