Iron Plant – Aspidistra elatior Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now Common Name: Cast-Iron Plant, Iron Plant Botanical Name: Aspidistra elatior, as-pi-DIS-tra e-LAY-tee-or Decorative Life: Many months to years. Availability: Year Round Family Roots: Member of the Liliaceae (lily family). Native to China. Relatives include asparagus, lily-of-the-valley, daylily and hyacinth. Personality: Classed as a monocotyledon, leaves mostly parallel veined. Leaves (mostly green) sword-shaped, arching, to 30 inches long and 4 inches wide, on stalks forming clumps. ‘Variegata’ leaves have white stripes. Storage Specifics: Chill sensitive, store above 55F. Tidbits: Aspidistra: Greek for small round shields in reference to the shape of the flower’s stigma (female part of flowers where pollen lands and germinates). The common name cast-iron plant comes from its ability to withstand difficult growing conditions. It therefore makes a good interior plant. The specific epithet name elatior means taller. Will survive in minimal light, a good choice for that dark corner. Will generally do well in light levels at least bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort but more light would be better. With over 3000 species, the lily family includes many medicinal and food species in addition to ornamental species.