Aspidistra, a genus of decorative foliage plants in the Ruscaceae family, is indigenous to eastern Asia. The only species that is grown in cultivation is a houseplant known as the cast-iron plant (A. elatior, or A. lurida). The long, stiff, pointed leaves of the cast-iron plant can endure temperature variations, dust, smoke, and other challenging environmental factors. The plant’s base bears the lone, bell-shaped flowers, which are often lilac but can also be brown or green. Small berries makeup Aspidistra’s fruits.

The Cast Iron Plant, also known as Aspidistra elatior, is a member of the lily family and is indigenous to both China and Japan. It was once one of the most popular houseplants, and it could be found in the hallways of many Victorian homes.

Aspidistra Care Guide

Aspidistra Care Guide


It is not difficult to provide an aspidistra with the appropriate amount of light because of its specific needs. As long as it is not a bright, direct source of light, it is able to adapt well to almost any illumination.

In spite of the fact that it is notoriously tough to eradicate, it cannot tolerate exposure to light (bright light is fine). Therefore, you should try to find a window that faces north, or else find a dark or sunny position deeper into a room that has different facing aspects.


Due to the cast-iron composition of the aspidistra, it is able to easily tolerate intermittent occasional watering and can function in environments with dry soil. This houseplant is not a cactus, and as such, in order for it to really flourish throughout the growing season, it does require a significant quantity of water. However, you should allow it dry out completely in between waterings.

Important: The soil should never be drenched or submerged in water; it should only ever be damp. During the winter months, just enough is required to ensure that it continues operating normally. If you have picked a location that is dark or shady for it to dwell in, the amount of water that it needs will be much reduced; however, you still need to be careful not to overwater it because doing so will cause serious difficulties.

Facts About Aspidistra

The lack of interest in the plant, on the other hand, has nothing to do with the fact that it is tough to care for or intricate. In point of fact, because it is fully capable of coping with poor light and murky conditions as well as poor air quality, warm or cold temperatures, it has earned the nickname “Cast Iron Plant” for its nearly indestructible nature.

This nickname was given to it because of its ability to deal with these conditions. It also made a memorable appearance in George Orwell’s novel “Keep the Aspidistra Flying,” which was published in 1936 (despite the book itself having nothing to do with taking care of houseplants!).

The huge leaves, which have the appearance of paddles and are often a dark green colour, are produced by a plant that grows very slowly and only adds a few new leaves each year. The most significant benefit of this is that it won’t outgrow the site that you choose for it for a substantial deal of time, even if it continues to thrive.

Essential Uses of Aspidistra

There are flowers that can be found on the Cast Iron Plant, as shown in the picture. However, despite their rarity, they are completely odorless and unimpressive in appearance. Because slugs, snails, and amphipods are responsible for pollinating flowers in their native habitat, these creatures force flowers to both emerge from the ground and remain at the same soil level.

It is not unusual to receive only one flower at a time, and each one will normally remain fresh for a few weeks at a time. Flowers will only form on mature plants, and for that to happen, there needs to be a sufficient amount of light.

Speed of Growth Aspidistra

Speed of Growth Aspidistra

The name “cast-iron plant” may seem like an odd choice for a tropical evergreen, but once you learn more about how exceptionally resilient this plant is, you’ll comprehend why it was given such a moniker. Aspidistra elatior is exceptionally forgiving when it comes to being neglected. It is unaffected by drought, does not require a lot of light, and can survive without fertiliser with little problem.

It is rarely plagued by parasites or diseases, and on the off chance that it is, it shrugs them off without too much difficulty. In point of fact, it appears that the only things that can kill this plant are direct sunlight and wet soil. Even prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays probably won’t be enough to kill it, although the leaves will turn brown.

Other popular flowers

Besides Aspidistra, there are other flowers that are highly popular in Canada and around the world. Below is a list of some of the most known and mentioned ones: