Say hello to Aspidistra elatior, or as it's more commonly known, the Cast Iron Plant. This hardy plant is as tough as its namesake, making it the perfect choice for those of us who don't exactly have a green thumb.

Aspidistra elatior

Deep Shade To Dappled Sunlight

Tolerates both low light and softly filtered light.

Low Water Needs

Thrives in dry conditions. Ideal for low-maintenance gardens or forgetful waterers.

Highly Adaptable to Various Soils

Thrives in clay, silt loam, or sand, showing great adaptability.

Highly Adaptable Soil pH

Suitable for all pH environments, from acidic to alkaline.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects or skin irritation risks.

Safe for All Animals

No known safety risks to pets or livestock.


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About Aspidistra elatior

The Cast Iron Plant stands tall at 1-3 feet in height and width, making it a perfect centerpiece for your indoor garden. Its leaves are a vibrant green, often speckled with lilac, ruby, and white. During the warm season, it blooms with chestnut, off-white, and amethyst flowers that add a pop of color to your home.

Did you know the Cast Iron Plant is also known as the Barroom Plant? This is because it can survive even in the dim lighting of a bar, making it a popular choice for less sunny locations.

Also known as

Cast iron plant

Our design recommendations

The Cast Iron Plant is a great choice for group planting and can be used as a focal point in your garden design. Its enduring nature and soft stems make it a versatile addition to any indoor or outdoor space. This plant thrives in pots and is a popular choice for interior plants. Its hardy nature makes it a great choice for less sunny locations, like a bar or a room with less natural light.