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Aspidistra caespitosa 'Jade Ribbons'

ht: 24 in.
ha: daylily-like, clumping
ls: narrow, linear
ll: 24 in.
lw: 0.5 in.
in: James Waddick to US trade
source:
Plant Delights (Spring 2001 Catalog: 19)

Aspidistra 'China Moon'

ht: 10 in.
ll: 16 in.
lw: 3 in.
pet: rigid, extending strong to the midrib to half the length
lc: speckled light yellow
in: James Waddick to US trade 1999
or: James Waddick collected in Qing Cheng San Mts. of Sichuan China in 1985
ns: A. typica or perhaps a new species not yet named
photo, source:
Plant Delights (Spring 2001 Catalog: 19)

Aspidistra 'China Star'

ht: 4 in. - decidedly dwarf
ll: 8-10 in.
lw: 2.25 in.
lc: speckled yellow
in: James Waddick to US trade 1999
or: James Waddick collected in Qing Cheng San Mts. of Sichuan China in 1985
ns: A. typica or perhaps a new species not yet named
photo, source:
Plant Delights (Spring 2001 Catalog: 19)

Aspidistra elatior 'Akebono'

lc: striped white to various degrees. Reversions are common.
ls: oblong-elliptic

Aspidistra elatior 'Asahi'

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J.C. Raulston Arboretum. July 2003. There is hardly a more lovely variegated plant for shade that a large spread of this cultivar. The Japanese name means "morning sun".

 

Aspidistra elatior 'Hoshi Zora' (Starry Sky)

ht: 36 in. +
lw: 10-12cm - wide by species standards
lc: dark green uniformly covered as small white spots, that is, like a starry sky.
so:
Asiatica (online catalog 2001)

Aspidistra elatior 'Milky Way' ('Minor')

ht: 20 in. - usually smaller than 'Hoshi Zora'
lc: flecked and mottled white
lw: 8-10cm - narrower than 'Hoshi Zora'

Aspidistra elatior 'Okame'

lc: white mottled over the entire blade.

Aspidistra elatior 'Punctata'

lc: white spotted and mottled
li: Yokoi, M. and Y. Hirose. 1978. Variegated Plants. Siebundo Shinkosha Pub. Ltd.

Aspidistra elatior 'Variegata'

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J.C. Raulston Arboretum. Summer 2002.

Aspidistra elatior 'Variegata'is your basic, variegate in the genus. It is familiar to many of you but rare for others. Some plants are more striped than others and no two leaves around the world have ever been the same. This is a nice example and in a large enough digital image to get one involved.

 

Aspidistra elatior 'Variegata Ashei' = 'Asahi'?

 

Aspidistra elatior 'Variegata Exotica'

lc: highly striped white. Differences from the highly variable 'Variegata' are not well documented in literature or collections.

Aspidistra linearifolia 'Leopard'

lc: spotted yellow, 10-20% of surface
lw: 2-3cm wide - much narrower than the more familiar A. elatior cultivars.

Aspidistra lurida 'Amanogawa' (Milky Way)

ht: 15 in.
ha: vigorous by cultivar standards
lc: boldly spotted and striped cream
ns: Asiatica (online catalog 2001) state "a name that is currently applied to several
ns: spotted cultivars in the US and Europe". They believe their clone is the traditional
ns: one based on discussions with an elederly Japanese nurseryman and expert.
so:
Asiatica (online catalog 2001)

Aspidistra lurida 'Funji-no-mine' (Summit of Mt. Fuji)

ht: 18 in.
ha: strongly upright
lc: very dark green with a broad white splash on the side of each blade
so:
Asiatica (online catalog 2001)

Aspidistra lurida 'Ginga' (Silver Stream)

ht: 36 in.
ha: vigorous, slightly arching blades
lc: numerous yellow spots
ns: some plants called 'Milky Way' or 'Amanogawa' in the West are this clone.
so:
Asiatica

Aspidistra lurida 'Seiun' (Living Cloud)

ht: 12 in.
ha: compact, strongly arching to horizontal blades, moderately vigorous
lc: completely covered with chartreuse dots and dashes and yellow suffusions which
lc: overlap and blend in interesting ways. The meaning of "living cloud" is expressive.
so:
Asiatica (online catalog 2001)

Aspidistra lurida 'Yunnan Sword'

ht: 12 in.
ha: rigidly upright
lc: medium green with few scattered spots
or: collected by Kenji Hirose near Yunnan. The Yunnan Series of cultivars is named by
or: Asiatica
so:
Asiatica (online catalog 2001)

Aspidistra typica 'Old Glory' (1/02)

ha: slow-growing compared to other cultivars
ht: 10 in. (?)
ll: 10 in.
lw: 3.0 in.
lc: 0.75 in. yellow stripe down center of light green blades. It is finely spotted yellow
lc: as it ages.
ns: the name suggests the American flag is too is both striped and starred.
or: Darrell Probst selected from wild in Sichuan, China
photo, source:
Plant Delights (Spring 2002 Catalog: 12, with color photo)

Aspidistra typica 'Yunnan Sparrow'

ha: blades nearly horizontal with short petioles
ll: blades 6 in. long
lc: medium green with irregularly formed spots on the entire blade
or: Dr. James Waddick collected in China (QCS W818)
so:
Asiatica (online catalog 2001)

Aspidistra typica 'Yunnan Sunbeam'

ha: mostly horizontal blades
ll: 8 in.
lc: glossy green with bold central splash of yellow
or: found by Kenji Hirose of Japan.
so:
Asiatica (online catalog 2001)