ASPIDISTRA KLATIOR (cast iron plant, parlour palm)

5 deg C/41 deg F

The aspidistra has been the most publicized of all houseplants, being the subject of a popular song. Unfortunately, it is also often regarded as an old-fashioned plant, since it was a favourite of the Victorian era and subsequently was commonly seen covered with dust and cobwebs in fusty boarding houses. The plant is remarkable for its ability to withstand neglect and air contaminated with smoke, paraffin or gas lire fumes.

keep on the dry side, but continue to wipe the foliage with wet cotton-wool from time to time to keep it free from dust. Repotting or division of the roots for propagation can be done in spring. Star-shaped dark purple flowers are formed almost at compost level, but are of no decorative merit. In the dry air of the home, red spider mite can cause yellowing of the foliage. The undersurfaces of the leaves should be sprayed or wiped frequently with wet cotton-wool in summer, when this pest will be most active.

Aspidistra scale is another possible pest. which can be seen as small brownish scales on stems and foliage. These can usually be wiped off by hand. Neglected plants may show browning of the leaf edges and tips, and this may also occur where the plants are frequently brushed against in passing.

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