Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Aspidistra sichuanensis 'Ichi Moro Ji'
Ichi Moro Ji Cast Iron Plant
Item #: 16299
Zones: 7b to 9b
Height: 36" tall
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
Aspidistra 'Ichi Moro Ji' is a unique Japanese selection of the Chinese native Aspidistra sichuanensis. In the garden, it forms a tight clump of vertical stalks that reach 3' tall. Each dark green leaf is highlighted by a central chartreuse band and is also adorned with muted random chartreuse spots.
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. 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 keep 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 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.
Flower Color: Purple/Lavender , Violet
Leaf Color: Green , Variegated , Spotted/Speckled
Bloom Time: Winter
Container Role: Fillers , Thrillers
Garden Themes: Living Wall , Rock Garden Plants
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