Aspidistra vietnamensis 'Ginga'
Ginga Vietnamense Speckled Cast Iron Plant
Item #: 2182
Zones: 7b to 10b
Height: 18" tall
Culture: Light Shade to Shade
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
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Aspidistra vietnamensis 'Ginga' is a long cultivated, but hopelessly confused in the horticulture trade cast iron plant. It is usually sold as Aspidistra 'Milky Way', which it is not, since the true Aspidistra 'Milky Way' (aka 'Amanogawa') has leaves displaying both stripes and spots. To complicate matters further, Aspidistra 'Ginga', which has been in commerce for well over a century as both a house plant and landscape staple in low-light conditions throughout the deep south, was just published as species in 2018. The 18" tall, narrow, dark green leaves are speckled creamy white, as though a low-bid painter just finished the ceiling above. In early spring, you will find the bizarre, lily pad-like flowers of rich purple at the base of the foliage, where they are usually appreciated only by snails and slugs. Before Aspidistra vietnamensis was formerly described, we listed this as a form of Aspidistra lurida and later Aspidistra sichuanensis.