Aspidistra (Cast Iron Plant)
Juniper Level Botanic Garden - An Ex-Situ Conservation Garden
Our Mission is to Collect, Study, Propagate, and Share
As of 2020, JLBG has just over 27,000 taxa of living plants, making the collection one of the most diverse in the world. Fundraising for an operational endowment to preserve the garden is underway, administered by NC State University. If you'd like to help preserve the gardens and plant collections for future generations, you can do so with a tax-deductible contribution at JLBG.org and click on the Donate Link.
At Juniper Level Botanic Garden, part of our mission is to educate and share both plants and information. This photo/informational gallery is devoted to cataloging as many forms as possible. It is our hope that this photographic study gallery can also prevent duplicate use of names and prevent confusion in the trade.
Welcome to our Aspidistra / Cast Iron Plant photo gallery. When we began collecting Cast Iron Plants in the early 1990s, only a handful of species were known (16 species only known to exist in 1980). Since that time, a huge interest in the genus aspidistra has prompted the discovery and naming of nearly 200 new cast iron plant species that were not previously known to science. We are trying to acquire as many of these cast iron plants as possible and then propagate and make them available. We have traveled around the world to find new cast iron plants, and were thrilled in 2013 to have three new aspidistra species named from our collection. We hope you enjoy our cast iron plant gallery, which contains both foliage and flower photos from this amazing genera of plants.