Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Aspidistra omeiensis 'Jade Ribbons'
Jade Ribbons Cast Iron Plant
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Item #: 2119
Zones: 8a to 10b
Height: 24" tall
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
Aspidistra omeiensis 'Jade Ribbons' (introduced as A. hainanensis) is one of part of a little-know strap-leaf group of cast iron plants that look nothing like the more typical members of the genus. Aspidistra 'Jade Ribbons' was a 1999 Plant Delights/JLBG introduction of a Jim Waddick selection. In foliage, Aspidistra omeiensis looks more like a daylily or liriope than an aspidistra. The 2' long x 0.5" wide leaves make a very tight clump, unlike other cast iron plant species. A single plant of Aspidistra 'Jade Ribbons' makes a wonderful, evergreen textural specimen for the woodland garden. For us, it has survived 6 degrees F with only slight foliage damage.
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.
Flower Color: Purple/Lavender
Leaf Color: Green
Bloom Time: Winter
Container Role: Thrillers
Garden Themes: Living Wall
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