Aspidistra
Aspidistra attenuata BSWJ377 (Attenuate Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra attenuata BSWJ377 (Attenuate Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 8-10 40" tall Origin: Taiwan    alternate image
Open House/Web-Only! This Crug Farm collection comes from Tungpu, Taiwan, where it forms dense colonies in the well-drained forest soil. The dark evergreen leaves, highlighted with a few small yellow spots, reach 40" tall x 3" wide. This is certainly the tallest cast iron plant we have grown to date. The stunning 2" creamy yellow flowers with peach centers, which resemble a plate of sauteed starfish, magically appear in early March atop the soil surface among the base of the leaves...fascinating. At 8 degrees F, the old foliage was burned off, but the plants regrew nicely in spring. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07543
$16.00  


Aspidistra basalis (Basal Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra basalis (Basal Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 7b-10, at least 30" tall Origin: China
NEW! (aka: Aspidistra G5 form 1) We are pleased to introduce a newly recognized aspidistra species (soon to be published), originally shared with us by plantsman Greg Speichert, who obtained the plant from the Nanjing Botanic Garden. Aspidistra basalis has been a great garden plant here for over a decade, during which time it has formed a nice 4' wide patch of very dark glossy green 30" tall x 1.5" wide leaves. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07546
$16.00  


Aspidistra daibuensis BSWJ312B (Taiwan Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra daibuensis BSWJ312B (Taiwan Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 8-10 28" tall Origin: Taiwan    alternate image
Open House/Web-Only! This little known species of cast iron plant from a Crug Farm collection in Taiwan, produces 28" x 3.5" wide evergreen leaves with a few small yellow freckles. Aspidistra daibuensis forms an attractive clump for the woodland garden. At 8 degrees F, the old foliage burned off, but the plants recovered. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07547
$16.00  


Aspidistra ebianensis Spotted Form (Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra ebianensis Spotted Form (Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 7b-10 18" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! From China's Sichuan Province (around 2,500' elevation) comes this little-known aspidistra, with 18" long leaves, held on short stalks, and encased at the base in a dark purple sheath. The 3.5" wide, dark green leaves are lightly spotted with chartreuse yellow. If you've got a dark spot in the garden where little else grows, try aspidistra. If you're in a colder zone where hardiness is a problem, aspidistras make a great low-light houseplant...a perfect companion to spiders and dust mites. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07063
$16.00  


Aspidistra elatior 'Amanogawa' (Milky Way Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra elatior 'Amanogawa' (Milky Way Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 8-10 18" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! This cast iron plant is the real Milky Way cast iron plant...not the non-striped mutation everyone calls Aspidistra 'Milky Way'. Aspidistra elatior 'Amanogawa' (Milky Way) makes a tight clump of 18" tall x 2" wide dark green leaves, each heavily spotted with creamy yellow among the longitudinal creamy white and yellow stripes. You'll need a GPS to navigate your way around these contrasting leaf patterns. Occasional sports without stripes should be removed to keep the integrity of the cultivar intact. We doubt this will be hardy much below 15 degrees F, so use this as a container specimen in cold climates. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #06587
$16.00  


Aspidistra elatior 'Asahi' (Morning Sun Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra elatior 'Asahi' (Morning Sun Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 7-10 30" tall Origin: China
"Asahi" means "morning sun"...a descriptive name for this dramatic cast iron plant that always stops visitors in their tracks. The green leaves, to 30" long x 5" wide, are set off when the upper third of the leaves turns a dramatic white as the season progresses. The color holds all winter, making a dramatic winter feature in the shade garden. For a dry deep-shade area, there isn't a better choice for a tough-as-nails perennial! Note: A. 'Asahi' will not display its color pattern if planted in a small container. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #02538
$20.00  


Aspidistra elatior 'Bubba' (Bubba Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra elatior 'Bubba' (Bubba Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 7b-10 36" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! This selection of Aspidistra elatior from Florida is a particularly nice, wide-leaf, solid dark green selection with 3' tall x 5" wide foliage...great where either an evergreen mass planting or single specimen is needed. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07544
$16.00  


Aspidistra elatior 'Fuji-No-Mine' (Mt. Fuji Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra elatior 'Fuji-No-Mine' (Mt. Fuji Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 7b-10, at least 36" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! This superb selection of Aspidistra elatior forms a commanding clump in the garden with its 3' tall x 5" wide glossy dark green leaves. Each leaf is composed of an 18" stalk topped with an 18" blade, which is highlighted with narrow central creamy yellow streaks and a very narrow white border at the tip. According to our friend Barry Yinger, the 'Fuji No Mine' means "crags on Mt. Fuji"...we'll take his word. This has been a great performer in our garden trials. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07064
$20.00  


Aspidistra elatior 'Ginga Giant' (Ginga Giant Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra elatior 'Ginga Giant' (Ginga Giant Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 8-10 24" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! We are pleased to introduce this fabulous new aspidistra from Robin Lennon of Central Florida Foliage. Each 2' tall x 4" wide dark green leaf is heavily speckled with yellow flecks. The tight clump makes a stunning accent in a dark part of the garden or in a container in climates not yet affected by global warming. According to Al Gore, this should be hardy in central Canada in the next few years, so get yours now. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #06586
$16.00  


Aspidistra elatior 'Hoshi Zora' (Starry Sky Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra elatior 'Hoshi Zora' (Starry Sky Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 7-10 30" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! If you're looking for a bold textured evergreen to help brighten a dark corner of the garden, we've got just the plant. This old Japanese cultivar (whose name means "starry skies") of cast iron plant has large, 30" tall x 6" wide, dark green leaves that are lightly speckled with small light yellow-to-white dots (stars). Like a fine wine, our 14-year-old clumps just get better with age. This is the hardiest of the yellow-spotted cast iron plants. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #02744
$16.00  


Aspidistra elatior 'Lennon's Green' (Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra elatior 'Lennon's Green' (Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 7-10 24" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! This cast iron plant cultivar was shared with us by Robin Lennon of Florida's Central Florida Foliage, where he discovered it in his cut foliage fields. The evergreen foliage looks like the common Aspidistra elatior, except the leaves are about half the normal width. Each 2' tall clump gives a more dramatic accent than the common, wider leaf clone. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04350
$16.00  


Aspidistra elatior 'Lennon's Song' (Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra elatior 'Lennon's Song' (Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 7-10 24" tall Origin: China    alternate image
Open House/Web-Only! This cultivar was shared with us by Robin Lennon of Florida's Central Florida Foliage, who discovered it in his cut foliage fields. The dark green foliage is narrow, but with an irregular central band of muted yellow...essentially a narrow-leaf version of Aspidistra 'Akebono'. Aspidistra elatior 'Lennon's Song' is perfect where a narrow, vertical accent is needed in the shade garden. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04349
$16.00  


Aspidistra elatior 'Morning Frost' (Morning Frost Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra elatior 'Morning Frost' (Morning Frost Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 7b-10, possibly colder 36" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! This large growing Japanese selection of Aspidistra elatior is the latest in the line of frosted leaf cast iron plants. Each 3' tall x 5" wide medium green leaf is highlighted by a central yellow stripe. The upper half of the leaf is then overlaid by a white frosting pattern...most evident as the clump matures...a very striking clump once established. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07065
$20.00  


Aspidistra elatior 'Okame' (Striped Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra elatior 'Okame' (Striped Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 7b-10 30" tall Origin: China
(syn: A. elatior 'Variegata') Aspidistra 'Okame' is one of the most asked about cast iron plants in our garden, but we haven't had enough to offer for years...until now. The 30" tall, dark evergreen upright leaves are highlighted with dramatic vertical white stripes...think a milk truck spill. In the deep South, this slowly expanding clumper makes a nice bold evergreen accent, even in dark shade. Toward the northern end of the range, it may suffer from winter burn, which is easily relieved by a spring haircut. The bizarre flowers resembling a dwarf pepperoni pizza occur at the leaf base in very early spring. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #02314
$20.00  


Aspidistra elatior 'Sei Ryu Ho' (Green Dragon Hall Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra elatior 'Sei Ryu Ho' (Green Dragon Hall Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 8-10, possibly colder 24" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! This little-known Japanese selection of the Chinese Aspidistra elatior forms an evergreen clump of 2' tall x 3.5" wide dark green leaves, each spotted with small yellow dots and dashes with a bit of faint white streaking toward the leaf tip. Each leaf, which has dramatically raised veins on the front, is composed of a 6" petiole and a 18" leaf blade. 'Sei Ryu Ho' is Japanese for "green dragon hall" or in street slang, it means... nappy-headed Don Imus. This made it through our 2008/9 winter in the upper single digits. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07539
$20.00  


Aspidistra elatior 'Seiun' (Star Cloud Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra elatior 'Seiun' (Star Cloud Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 8b-10, at least 12" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! This hard-to-find small-growing aspidistra makes a unique clump of dark green leaves which are heavily freckled with yellow on both the front and back. The 1' tall x 2" wide leaves emerge directly from the ground with no petiole apparent. This is a superb houseplant in northern climates. In the garden, the foliage has been killed at 10 degrees, but the leaves resprout from the rhizome. The name 'Seiun' means "star cloud." Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07060
$16.00  


Aspidistra elatior 'Sekko Kan' (White Snowy Crown Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra elatior 'Sekko Kan' (White Snowy Crown Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 7b-10 30" tall Origin: China
This stunning (a word not usually used with cast iron plants) Japanese selection of the common A. elatior, forms a clump of 30" tall x 5" wide dark green leaves, highlighted on the upper half with heavily frosted white streaks. The Japanese name, 'Sekko Kan', no relation to "Wrath of Khan", means "white snowy crown." Imagine crossing Aspidistra 'Okame' with Aspidistra 'Asahi' and you get the picture. We find clumps need to be at least three years old for the full coloration to occur, so take a Siberian vacation and CHILL. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07519
$26.00  


Aspidistra elatior 'Stars and Stripes' (Stars and Stripes Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra elatior 'Stars and Stripes' (Stars and Stripes Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 7b-10 36" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! This old but little-known Japanese cultivar forms a clump of 36" long x 4" wide medium green leaves, each streaked with creamy yellow and then sprinkled with a few random white dots...certainly far more stripes than stars. Aspidistra 'Stars and Stripes' is a patriotic way to add year-round interest to a woodland garden. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07522
$20.00  


Aspidistra fimbriata 'Secret Stalker' (Secret Stalker Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra fimbriata 'Secret Stalker' (Secret Stalker Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 8-10 36" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! (syn: Aspidistra sp. Hainan #1) This Nick Turland selection of Aspidistra fimbriata hails from 2,800' elevation in Daioluo Shan, Hainan China, where it resided underneath a forest of Dacrydium and other Fagaceae trees. Aspidistra fimbriata 'Secret Stalker' has the tallest stalks of any cast iron plant we grow. The 3' tall foliage includes a stalk of 20", topped by a 16" tall x 3" wide medium green leaf blade. We've only dropped to 8 degrees F, and the plants burned to the ground, but returned in spring. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07545
$16.00  


Aspidistra guangxiensis 'Stretch Marks' (Stretch Marks Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra guangxiensis 'Stretch Marks' (Stretch Marks Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 7b-10 18" tall Origin: China    alternate image
Open House/Web-Only! We selected Aspidistra 'Stretch Marks' from a group of the rare Chinese Aspidistra guangxiensis. Each broad (10" tall x 3" wide) medium green leaf is liberally speckled with random, creamy yellow, non-concentric spots which seem to have been stretched into oval patterns. The leaves are held atop thin 8" chicken leg-like stalks. Aspidistra 'Stretch Marks' makes a tight clump, adorned in midsummer (late June in NC) with flowers that lay on the soil and resemble a 1.5" wide, miniature psychedelic Star of David...I'm not making this up. Now you've got an excuse for your unusual behavior when you're lying in your garden. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07059
$16.00  


Aspidistra hainanensis (Hainan Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra hainanensis (Hainan Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 8-10, at least 24" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! This represents a Chinese collection from Japanese plant collector Mikinori Ogisu. We originally received it as Aspidistra cf. omeiense, but it was later determined to be Aspidistra hainanensis. This cast iron plant looks more like a wide-leaf clump of upright liriope than an aspidistra, so use it to fool all of your gardening friends. In our trials, Aspidistra hainanensis has shown no damage at 9 degrees F...a nice evergreen feature in the shade garden. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08629
$16.00  


Aspidistra hainanensis 'Jade Ribbons' (Jade Ribbons Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra hainanensis 'Jade Ribbons' (Jade Ribbons Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 8-10 24" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! From our friend Jim Waddick comes one of the most unique and little known Chinese species of cast iron plant that, in foliage, looks more like a daylily than an aspidistra. The 2' long x 1/2" wide leaves make a very tight clump, unlike other cast iron plant species. A single plant makes a wonderful, evergreen, textural specimen for the woodland garden. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #02119
$16.00  


Aspidistra linearifolia 'Skinny Dippin' (Skinny Dippin' Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra linearifolia 'Skinny Dippin' (Skinny Dippin' Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 7-10 16" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! This rare aspidistra species hails from southern China (Hong Kong to Guizhou). The 16" long x 1" narrow green leaves make a tight 1' wide clump, being easily mistaken for a clump of liriope. Each leaf has a deep V in the middle, giving the appearance of a variegated stripe. This selection has the most prominent white stripe of all the seedlings we have grown. We have grown this extraordinary species (formerly offered incorrectly as Aspidistra minutiflora) since 1999 and have never seen any winter damage! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07557
$16.00  


Aspidistra minutiflora 'Leopard' (Leopard Leaf Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra minutiflora 'Leopard' (Leopard Leaf Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 8-10 30" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! Forget everything you know about cast iron plants, 'cause you ain't gonna believe this! From a Jim Waddick expedition to China, comes another unique species of cast iron plant...formerly offered as Aspidistra linearifolia, but now determined to be Aspidistra minutiflora. This bizarre selection grows to 32" tall, but with only 1/2" wide foliage. Each green leaf is heavily speckled with golden spots. This evergreen clump-former makes a stunning specimen for the woodland garden in the deep South and a great container plant further north...sure to get all your neighbors asking...whatzit? Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #02117
$16.00  


Aspidistra retusa 'Nanjing Green' (Nanjing Green Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra retusa 'Nanjing Green' (Nanjing Green Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 7b-10, at least 24" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! (aka: Aspidistra G 5 #2) Thanks to Greg Speichert, who brought this back from the Nanjing Botanic Garden in the late 1990's. Our plants have thrived in our gardens since 2001, with no winter damage at 6 degrees F. The 2' tall x 2' wide clumps are composed of medium-green leaves with dramatic raised veins unlike any other cast iron plant that we have grown. Each 3" wide leaf consists of a 1' petiole topped by a 1' arched leaf blade. The leaves on this very attractive clump have small chartreuse spots near the bottom, but these are rather insignificant. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07521
$16.00  


Aspidistra sp. 'China Moon' (China Moon Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra sp. 'China Moon' (China Moon Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 8-10, guessing 10" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! (Aka: Aspidistra sp. QCS IIM-4) This is another 1999 release of aspidistra from Dr. Jim Waddick's wild collections from the Qing Cheng San mountains of Sichuan in 1985. The leaves of Aspidistra 'China Moon' reach 16" long x 3" wide with half of the leaf length being a thin, but rigid petiole. Each leaf is speckled with pale yellow spotting. Each clump will make a wonderful accent in the woodland garden. This is either a form of Aspidistra typica or a similar-looking new species. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #03040
$16.00  


Aspidistra sp. 'China Sun' (China Sun Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra sp. 'China Sun' (China Sun Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 8-10 10" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! (Aka: Aspidistra sp. QCS-III-L) This cool aspidistra (possibly a new species) was wild-collected by Dr. Jim Waddick from the Qing Cheng San Mountains of Sichuan in 1985. Each 20" long x 2.25" wide leaf is speckled with pale, light-yellow dots. This is the most vigorous of the "China" selections. Each plant makes a nice, loose-growing specimen clump, or they may be massed in the woodland garden. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #02116
$16.00  


Aspidistra sp. nov. 'Yellow Polka Dot Bikini' (Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra sp. nov. 'Yellow Polka Dot Bikini' (Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 9-10, guessing 28" tall Origin: Thailand
Open House/Web-Only! This selection of a still unidentified Thailand species of cast iron plant makes an attractive clump of 28" long x 1" wide dark green leaves which are heavily speckled with small to medium sized yellow dots. Aspidistra 'Yellow Polka Dot Bikini' is great to brighten a dark room in climates where it's not winter hardy...one size fits all. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07542
$16.00  


Aspidistra sp. 'Tie Dye' (Tie Die Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra sp. 'Tie Dye' (Tie Die Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 9-10, 8 with protection 30" tall Origin: China
NEW! (syn: Aspidistra sp. Hainan #3) This attractive cast iron plant hails from 2800' elevation in a Hainan, China dacrydium/Fagaceae forest, and represents a still unnamed new species. The 30" long leaves are composed of a 1' long petiole, topped with an 18" long leaf blade. The medium green leaf blade, which arches at the tip, is heavily adorned with large creamy yellow spots...a splendid way to lighten a dark spot. For us, this has survived 9 degrees F in the ground, but the foliage is regularly burned to the ground in winter. In climates with winters below 15 degrees F, we recommend it for a houseplant or as a gift to friends in warmer climates. Thanks to plantsman Nick Turland for sharing this with us. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07678
$16.00  


Aspidistra typica 'Old Glory' (Old Glory Cast Iron Plant)

Aspidistra typica 'Old Glory' (Old Glory Cast Iron Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 8-10, at least 10" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! (aka: Aspidistra 96CPC240) We are pleased to offer this recently introduced cast iron plant selection made in the wild in Sichuan, China, by plantsman Darrell Probst in 1996. The 10" long x 3" wide, light green foliage has a 3/4" wide, yellow stripe running down the center of each leaf. As the leaf matures, it is also highlighted by a good sprinkling of yellow dots...hence the name Aspidistra 'Old Glory'. This cultivar is a slow-multiplier, which is a good thing in climates where aspidistras get carried away. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #03693
$16.00  


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