A dwarf species with broad rounded leaves on upright petioles. My plant is lightly speckled with
yellow. Large purple and yellow flowers in midsummer are distinctive, and (for no good reason)
remind me of the metal burrs on barbed wire.
I have a number of clones of the species, this one has a scattering of yellow dots on the leaves and came from Plant Delights Nursery.
This one is very vigorous, and came from Barracott plants as 'A.lurida' (and they were quick to add that they know it isn't, they just
didn't have any better name at the time.)
Spectacular when in full flower.
I have been reviewing the pictures of my plants, which have come from a variety of sources under a variety of names. I have been
treating them all as A.patentiloba, but I think I have more than one species here. This one had short petal lobes and
irregular markings on the top of the style.
This one has long petal lobes and a very clear quartered marking on the top of the style. The leaves of both types seem to be the same,
but I need to pay them more attention.
I don't get very many seed capsules among the Aspidistra so it is worth showing this one. It matured shortly
after this picture was taken and contained two large round white seeds.