The Aspidistra plant or (Cast Iron Plant) is an old-fashioned, tough, leathery foliage house plant. It is an ideal houseplant for cooler areas of your house Aspidistra Elatior is native to China and Japan, and belongs to the lily family. The Aspidistra Elatior is not a fast grower at the best of times so if you want a fast growing plant this is not for you. The Aspidistra will tolerate most light conditions except direct sun. To thrive well it needs a fair amount of water during the growing season, although it likes to dry out between watering. If you have chosen a dark area for your plant the watering needs to be less so be careful not to over water.