Wednesday, July 16, 2014
It has gone out of fashion but as fashions come and go, it is now available at nurseries.
It is an excellent houseplant for beginners as it is extremely resistant to neglect, temperatures down to -5 °C and poor light.
There is a variegated form, Aspidistra elatior variegata, and a dwarf form, Aspidistra elatior minor.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
The genus includes about fifty species and belongs to the family Araceae, having that family's flowering spadix surrounded by a spathe but it is rather insignificant.
It is its generally variegated foliage which makes the plant attractive.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
It owes its name to the fact that its fronds grow in a circle and form like a nest in the center.
Easy to grow, it will keep for years if it is placed in a bright spot and the soil is kept moist.
This is one of 700 species of Asplenium, many of which are so similar they are difficult to distinguish. So Asplenium nidus rather designates a species complex that includes a group of very similar species.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
It is also known to Scindapsus, from one of its synonyms. It is related to Philodendron and Monstera and just as easy to grow.
All parts of the plant are slightly toxic, so be careful with small children and pets.
In tropical and sub-tropical regions where it escapes into the wild, the plant is invasive and also banned in several places.
Monday, June 2, 2014
It is also widely known as Philodendron scandens: the plant was identified independantly by different botanists and, in the end, the officially accepted scientific name is P. hederaceum. This is then divided in 3 varieties: var. oxycardium, var. kirkbridei, var. hederaceum.
Oxycardium and hederaceum are the most commonly available, they can be distinguished by the leaves: those of oxycardium are glossy while those of hederaceum are velvety.
All parts of the plant are mildly toxic.