Aspidistra x sichlatior 'Mix Up'
Mix Up Cast Iron Plant
Item #: 17133
Zones: 7b to 10b
Height: 36" tall
Aspidistra x sichlatior 'Mix Up' is a 2024 Plant Delights/JLBG introduction of what we believe to be the first documented interspecific cast iron plant hybrid. We discovered this hybrid of Aspidistra elatior 'Okame' as a garden seedling, displaying obvious interspecific characteristic (leaves and flowers) between its parent and a nearby Aspidistra sichuanensis. Aspidistra 'Mix Up' forms an upright 3' tall clump of 2.5" wide green leaves, lightly speckled with long creamy dots/streaks. The burgundy pizza-like flowers top the soil in mid-winter, nestled among the foliage.
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
Bloom Time: Winter
Container Role: Thrillers
Garden Themes: Living Wall
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