The species lurida and its variegated forms are known to every cultivator of plants. It will bear more gas, heat and dust than most any other plant we grow. They are invaluable for vases in the cities, not only on the streets in summer time but in the rooms in winter. No one can fail to grow an aspidistra, and a fine specimen of either the green or the striped, with its leaves occasionally sponged, is a handsome object. It thrives in the most sunny and exposed places, or in the shade. The flowers are curious, but of no value, and in many cases pass unobserved, for they are close to the ground at the base of the leaf.

They are propagated entirely by division, or rather by the young plants that spring from the sides of the older plants. This is best done in March or April. Any good loam with the addition of some rotten manure will grow them, and they should have plenty of water at all times.

Old and familiar as this plant is, there is never an oversupply of it, for it is not rapidly increased. It is now largely imported from Belgium and the plants are sold by the hundred leaves.