All you'll need is plenty of patience, as it takes considerable time to grow an Aspidistra to a decent size.
The Aspidistra elatior has corn-like, shiny, dark green leaves that grow to 24 inches long.
minor or Aspidistra Milky Way has white spotted black-green leaves.
Q I HAVE an aspidistra
that is of great sentimental value as it belonged to my mum and dad.
Aspidistras are evergreen members of the lily family and originate from eastern Asia.
A LADY contacted me a few weeks ago to ask if we would like a large aspidistra plant to display in the hall.
QI HAVE had an aspidistra
for years, but I cannot get it to produce more than three leaves and then they turn brown at the tip.
A few years ago you had more chance of finding bags of composted rocking horse droppings in your local garden centre than aspidistras, but in the last 18 months or so they have started to appear among the exotic house plants.
Aspidistras have come in on the back of the interest in antiques with large pots and stands a feature of any self respecting fair or gallery, so the plants tend to carry a premium for being trendy.
If you are one of those people with the ability to kill off even plastic flowers then the old aspidistra will present a real challenge - it is not known as the cast iron plant for nothing.