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Curculigo capitulata /Accordion or Pleated Aspidistra

Curculigo capitulata  / Curculigo capitulata
Close-up of the pleated foliage
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Close-up of the pleated foliage



Excellent plant for deep shade in the Lower South

Clump of aspidistra exposed to too much sunlight showing scorch on tips of leaves

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Scientific Name: Curculigo capitulata
Common Name: Accordion or Pleated Aspidistra
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Yellow
Light Exposure: Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Known as "palm grass' by many, it is called accordion or pleated aspidistra in the deep South. It requires shade and has elegant, arching leaves that reach a height of 2-3 feet. It cannot tolerate hard freezes. Even frosts kill the top of plants that are exposed, but in the lower South plants return from the roots in spring. Rather slow to multiply. Makes a handsome ground cover in deep shade in places where freezes do not occur.