The name of this plant is translated as "snake pointer", since in the homeland of Aspidistra, in China and Japan, the approach of poisonous reptiles is determined by the specific fluttering of its leaves. In addition, decoctions from all parts of this plant are widely used in Eastern medicine, with their help they treat diseases of the urinary system and the gastrointestinal tract.
Aspidistra is a perennial herb that remotely resembles our forest lily. This is not surprising - after all, they belong to the same family of lilies. Wide, glossy leaves, reaching 50 cm in length and 15 in width, sit on long petioles, at the base of which are several reduced leaves. Aspidistra flowers appear close to the rhizome, practically on the soil surface. The garden form of a plant with white or yellowish strips on leaves is quite common. This variety is called "Variegata".
Features plant care
Aspidistra extremely unpretentious. Easily tolerates such adverse conditions as shading, dustiness and insufficient air humidity, temporary lack or excess of moisture. However, you should know that this plant does not like transplant, it can only be done in case of emergency. Long or permanent stagnation of water in the soil is extremely harmful - it can lead to root rot, so the plant needs good drainage and soft, loose earth. In order for the wide leaves of Aspidistry to look neatly they must be cleaned from time to time from dust with a damp sponge or napkin.
In the warm season, it is useful for the plant to stay in the open air, but always in the penumbra, since direct sunlight can burn the leaves. It should be noted that variegated species require more illumination.
Aspidistra is propagated in spring (preferably during transplantation) by dividing rhizomes.
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