Plant ID forum: Aspidistra

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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Jul 10, 2011 11:05 AM CST
This is one of those things that pop up in one of the pots and you've no idea what it is or where in the world it came from. It's been growing for a couple of years now, rather neglected. Perhaps if I know what it is, I'll repot it and take better care of it....lol
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Name: Cindi
Wichita, Kansas (Zone 7a)
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CindiKS
Jul 10, 2011 11:11 AM CST
I can't tell the size from your photos. Also would like to see how the leaves come out from the trunk. either Ensete or cast iron plant is my guess. Ensete can get huge, looks like banana, which is a close relative.
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Jul 10, 2011 11:18 AM CST
Hmmmm...I did have aspidistra before but it did not have the striped appearance to the leaves. Think the leaves are too stiff to be ensete. Will go take another pic...
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Cindi
Wichita, Kansas (Zone 7a)
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CindiKS
Jul 10, 2011 11:20 AM CST
My ensete have very stiff leaves. A lizard can climb them without the leaf bending.
Hilarious!
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H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 10, 2011 11:27 AM CST

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When I saw the picture my first thought was cast iron plant.

Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Jul 10, 2011 11:31 AM CST
Yep..prizes to both of you! I didn't even think of that. I did grow aspidistra once, should have recognized it.
My last 'surprise-in-a-pot' turned out to be strelitzia nicolai...it's now about 5 ft tall..lol...I welcome all volunteers in my pots.
Thanks!
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Jul 10, 2011 11:33 AM CST

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Cindi wins. Smiling
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Jul 10, 2011 11:39 AM CST
I have a whole box full of gold stars...there are enough for two winners.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Jul 10, 2011 11:42 AM CST

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Thumbs up
Name: Cindi
Wichita, Kansas (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member Plant and/or Seed Trader Permaculture Roses Ponds Peonies
Lilies Irises Daylilies Dog Lover Beekeeper Garden Ideas: Master Level
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CindiKS
Jul 12, 2011 9:14 PM CST
Thumbs up The best clue you gave was "rather neglected". Aspidistra take the prize for surviving neglect. I think the name cast iron refers more to the neglect than the substance of the leaves! Hilarious!
Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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