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Aspidistra elatior 'Ippin'

Cast Iron Plant

Plant Type:

SHADE PERENNIALS


Aspidistra elatior 'Ippin' (ex: Jonathan Lehrer) - A beautiful selection of Cast Iron Plant with dark green glossy blades displaying creamy white striations of varying widths, sometimes as broad as nearly half of a leaf. The variegation reminds us of 'Eco Exotic'. Unlike 'Eco Exotic' is an interesting trait; Ippin' displays as compared to other Cast Iron Plant selections quite narrow, lance-like blades which stand with a distinct vertical posture upon emergence. This will just be all glory and light in the shade garden where it can be grown outdoors - easy, tough and with terrific drought tolerance. It will make a fine house plant in the north. Please note: 'Ippin' is one of the Aspidistra that takes some time before the remarkable variegated traits emerge. When disturbed new growth for a season or two may rise solid dark green... at least this has been our experience. Established pot grown division.


 


Height:

28-32 in

Spread:

30-36 in

Colors:

Dark Red

Zone:

(7b)8 to 10
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Item Description Price  
ASPIPPIN Aspidistra elatior 'Ippin' (3.5 inch Square Press Fit Pot Extra Deep – 1.52 pints / 720 ml.) $18.00 Buy Now


Characteristics and Attributes for Aspidistra elatior 'Ippin'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Winter

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Light

  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade
  • Dappled Shade

Attributes

  • Ground Cover
  • Greenhouse / Alpine House
  • Foliage
  • Massing
  • Conservatory
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Edging
  • Potted Plant
  • Evergreen
  • Woodland

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Soil

  • Draining
  • Fertile
  • Woodland

Origins

  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Division

Genus Overview: Aspidistra

Good old-fashioned Cast-Iron Plant is resurging in popularity as the tough garden denizen it is when located in even quite dense shade down south in USDA zones 7 to 10 or as a potted plant in the north. It is also possible they may exhibit greater northern hardiness according to Professor Jonathan Lehrer (into USDA zone 6) as it re-emerges in his Long Island garden. It would be worth seeking out Jonathan's sage article, From Cast-Iron to Gilded Gold, which appeared the June, 2011 issue of American Nurseryman. But let me offer one colorful quote right here, right now: "this herbaceous perennial from Japan has long been the butt of Western insult. It debuted as a tortured container plant in the dusty, drafty parlors of Victorian England and became a maligned icon of literature and song. A forgiving character, apsidistra sought refuge at the local pub only to serve admirably potted in a spittoon." ...Very cheeky, indeed.

The blade shaped leaves are glossy to semi-glossy on tough stems. Aspidistra is virtually evergreen down south sited outdoors and certainly evergreen as a potted plant in your vestibule up north. The flowers which occur at ground level or just below are akin to wine-maroon sea anemones with the "tentacles" becoming waxy opaque whitish at the tips. Flower color may vary somewhat from this descriptive. And though the flowers are perhaps not a Cast Iron Plant's most ornamental feature, hidden or otherwise they are nevertheless cool, odd curious and even luridly beguiling - one could say their season of flowers, generally during winter, offers a fascinating "Angry Red Planet" dimension... Okay, okay - some of us are easily amused.

There are remarkably beautiful variegated color forms available and through the generous support of Jon we are offering some. Our plants are pot-grown divisions.