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Aspidistra elatior

28th March 2006

When people talk about having an Aspidistra, this is the Aspidistra they are talking about having!
Common and tolerant of neglect, people often assume that it prefers neglect, which is unfortunate, because it doesn't.
When well grown it is a magnificent specimen plant.

I think that there are two forms in cultivation (I can't be sure!). This is the smaller form, growing to about 75cm. A taller form, growng to about 120cm, is commonly distributed by Dutch and Danish growers. I haven't grown them side by side for long enough to be sure that the apparent differences are real. (But I,ve grown them both for 30 years, so I don't think I am imagining it!)

27th November 2008

I finally had to release it from the confines of its old pot, and it has taken the opportunity to expand with such enthusiasm that it now needs to be released from the confines of the new one (which is seen here standing on an upturned dustbin) !

12th December 2009

A large plant is a magnificent thing. This one has taken advantage of a large pot.

27th November 2010

I have a plant out in the garden growing under a conifer and it has beem perfectly hardy, although it is slow to get moving in the spring. It has survived a series of extremely cold winters and several inches of snow.

21st January 2013