Iron Clad Hybrids

Up until a couple of years ago, we could find no literature detailing any hybrids in the cast iron plant genus, Aspidistra. With our extensive in-ground collection, we had begun noticing seedlings that were obvious hybrids, so we began first by confirming that both the flowers and foliage showed signs of being intermediate between both parents.

The next step was to pot up the seedlings and then select which would go in the garden for further trials. Below are some of our earliest hybrids between Aspidistra elatior and Aspidistra sichuanensis. Aspidistra elatior has very upright leaves, while Aspidistra sichuanensis has foliage that is heavily arching. As you can see in the photos below, the traits of the hybrid range from arching to upright, and everything in between.

We should be able to make some final selections for uniqueness and vigor within three years, then send them along for propagation.

Hybrid Seedling: Aspidistra elatior x Aspidistra sichuanensis
Hybrid Seedling: Aspidistra elatior x Aspidistra sichuanensis
Hybrid Seedling: Aspidistra elatior x Aspidistra sichuanensis

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