PLANT OF THE WEEK

FATSIA JAPONICA

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The Ja­panese ar­alia is an el­e­gant ev­er­green shrub with eye catch­ing fo­liage. Its lush pal­mate leaves lend it a sub­trop­i­cal ap­pear­ance, so it is very use­ful if you like ex­otic look­ing plant­ing schemes. Good in sun or par­tial shade in most types of soil that are well drained. At this time of year there is the added bonus of its un­usual pan­i­cles of creamy flow­ers that form globes at the end of the stems. Th­ese will re­main on the plant for most of Novem­ber be­fore de­vel­op­ing into black berries.

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