Aspidistra elatior or the Cast Iron Plant is native to China and Japan. It gets the name Cast Iron Plant from the fact it is near indestructible. This plant is fully capable of dealing with low light, as well as poor air quality, warm or cold temperatures. Meaning you can pop it anywhere in your home and leave it. It does not have any complicated care requirements. In fact, you can even pop this plant outside, so long as it is in the shade to protect it from direct sunlight, and it is kept above -5 °C.
The Cast Iron Plant was brought to Europe during the 1820s.
It became popular in Victorian homes, often being spotted in drafty Victorian entrance halls, where other plants would struggle with the fluctuations in temperature.
The Aspidistra became such a popular houseplant in Victorian Britain it even made it into the Oxford English Dictionary where is was stated as “a symbol of full middle class respectability”.
Many portrait photos of the time featured people posing with their prized Aspidistra.
Light: will cope with any light level, but keep out of bright, direct sunlight.
Water: water sparingly, waiting for the soil to dry out before watering again.
Care: easy to look after and slow to grow, so will not require repotting any time soon.
Sent in 15cm plastic nursery pot.