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Aspidistra elatior 'Lennon's Song'

Cast Iron Plant

Plant Type:

SHADE PERENNIALS


Aspidistra elatior ‘Lennon's Song’ (ex: Jonathan Lehrer) – Upright semi-glossy dark green leaves each sporting an irregular long and lean golden central flame. It is a strong, robust grower. 'Lennon's Song' was found in a Florida cut-flower growing field owned by Robin Lennon. Tony Avent from Plant Delights acquired this plant and introduced it to the plant world. Site Aspidistra elatior ‘Lennon's Song’ in shade planted in fertile draining soil. Cast Iron Plant demonstrates good drought tolerance once established. Clumping. Division.




Height:

24 in

Zone:

(7b)8 to 10
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Item Description Price  
ASPILESO Aspidistra elatior 'Lennon's Song' (3.5 inch Square Press Fit Pot Extra Deep – 1.52 pints / 720 ml.) $16.00 Buy Now


Characteristics and Attributes for Aspidistra elatior 'Lennon's Song'

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Light

  • Shade

Attributes

  • Border
  • Potted Plant
  • Specimen
  • Foliage
  • Woodland
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Greenhouse / Alpine House
  • Evergreen
  • Conservatory
  • Ground Cover

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow

Soil

  • Fertile
  • Woodland
  • Draining

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.