Commissioner Adam H. Putnam

Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making

Florida Ferns for Floral Arrangements

Aspidistra, Cast-Iron Plant

Aspidistra Fern

Botanical Name

Aspidistra elatior "Lurida," Aspidistra elatior "Variegata," Aspidistra elatior "Minor," Aspidistra elatior "Milky Way" (Liliaceae Family)


A large, lance-shaped (lanceolate) leaf with a heavy midrib. Overall size varies by cultivar but averages 15-18 inches long and 3- 6 inches wide. Colors also vary, with the most common sold being green, a variegated green/white, and the yellow speckling against the green leaf.

Seasonal Availabilty


Vase Life

12 - 16 days

Purchasing Hints

Leaf tips and edges should be free from browning or yellowing. Overall leaf surface should be glossy and damage-free.

Care and Handling

Remove bundle ties and slant cut one inch from stems base. Place stems in 2-3 inches of tepid water. Condition at room temperature for an hour and then place in a 36 degree F cooler.

Design Tips

Excellent foliage for tropical and large arrangements. Use as background foliage, roll into "ti roses" or cut into "tea-louvers." Double-cut the stems base int a "V" shape for easy insertion into floral foam.

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