Feature image of Aspidistra


Found this was “thriving on neglect” in a 100% shady corner of the garden and so repotted it. Mum has the full story, but this plant has been in the family for a very long time.

I recently read the leaves were once as a decoration in sushi bento boxes in Japan - well, before those little plastic grass things became popular. I always thought the grass was only a decoration, but the aspidistra leaf has another purpose. I’m also a little surprised, as I would’ve thought the plant was poisonous, but turns out it is not. At least to humans, anyway. What it does have, however, is anti-bacterial properties and can actually help keep food fresh! Genius. Plastic doesn’t do this without help.


Been in the family for decades

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