Cast-Iron Plant
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Cast-Iron Plant
P Introduced Photo: Nishant Chauhan
Common name: Cast-Iron Plant, Bar-Room Plant
Botanical name: Aspidistra elatior    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)

Cast-Iron Plant is an evergreen, clump-forming perennial with tough rhizomes growing just beneath the surface of the soil. It has a reputation for withstanding neglect, inspiring its common name. The rhizomes produce broad, dark glossy green, leathery, elliptic-lanceshaped leaves up to 60 cm long, with long leaf-stalks and pronounced parallel veins running along their length. Flower appear at ground level, 3-4 cm across, cup-shaped and fleshy. The outside of the flower is cream colored, with a rich burgundy and pink interior. Cast-Iron Plant is native to Japan, cultivated elsewhere.

Identification credit: Nishant Chauhan Photographed in cultivation in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.

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