Native to Japan, southern Korea and Taiwan, Fatsia Japonica is a species of flowering plant in the Araliaceae family. It's an evergreen shrub and grows white flowers in autumn, followed by small black fruit in spring. The paper plant has eight leaf lobes, which is where it gets it's name 'fatsia' from, the Japanese word meaning 'eight'.
Despite occasionally being called the 'Castor Oil Plant', the Fatsia Japonica has no relation to the vegetable oil whatsoever. Confusing? We agree!
You'd be forgiven for thinking this tropical-looking plant is high maintenance, but in reality, the paper plant is as easy-going as they come. Place wherever you like as it will handle most conditions, but to see it thrive, show it the best of both worlds, with an equal mix of sun and shade - just avoid direct sunlight.
How to Keep me Happy
Light: I like light bright, indirect light and can even cope with occasional direct sunlight
Water: Water me when my top 2 inches of soil feel dry to the touch
Expert Level: I'm perfect for those new to plant parenthood
Sizing: Standard W13cm x H40cm (Fits 14cm Pot)
Air-Purifying: I remove the nasties lurking in your room
Pet-Friendly: I'm safe around your furry friends and little people
Jo's Top Tip
To keep your plant looking full and symmetrical, rotate it a quarter turn on a weekly basis. Aim to trim the leaves at the end of winter and it will grow fresh for the new year.
Does not include decorative pot.