On Plant Heritage's 2021 shortlist for Threatened Plant of the Year, was an Irish plant, Aspidistra 'Irish Mist'. Though not the eventual winner, it was voted People's Choice.
I have in the past cited A. 'Irish Mist' as an example of a cultivar which may not have a large fan club because of its yellow mottled foliage but one deserving to be preserved as part of our horticultural heritage. Obviously, my assumption about its likely popularity was incorrect. Charles Nelson named this distinct form of Aspidistra lurida which was growing in the Aquatic House in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin in 1990. The name 'Irish Mist' was chosen to reflect the blurred yellow spotting of the leaf…
Read more about this special Aspidistra, courtesy of Brendan Sayers, on our website below, along with many other Irish plant portraits:
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