Common Names: Fatsia, Japanese Fatsia, Glossy-Leafed Paper Plant, Fatsia japonica Japanese aralia.

Botanical names: Fatsia japonica, FAT-see-a ja-PON-i-ka

Availability: Year round

Vase life: Several weeks

Storage temperatures: Chill sensitive, store above 55F.

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Large leaves leaves measuring around 8 to 12 inches in diameter. They are palmately lobed, meaning the leaf is divided into several distinct lobes emanating from a central point, resembling the shape of a hand or palm. Each leaf usually has 7 to 9 lobes.

Color: Dark green. Some cultivars may exhibit variations such as variegation with white or yellow markings along the margins or in the center of the leaf.

Botanical facts: Native to southern Japan and South Korea. It thrives in subtropical climates.

Design notes: Fatsia leaves serve as an excellent base or foundation for floral arrangements. Fatsia leaves can be used both as filler elements to add volume and as focal points to draw attention in floral compositions. Their size and shape make them suitable for creating focal accents within arrangements or as standalone foliage displays.

Purchasing hints: Select leaves that are of perfect green color, without yellowing, blemishes or damage.

Conditioning: Cut two inches off of the stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in water only for two hours before storage or usage. Store in water only.

Additional notes: In Japanese culture, Fatsia leaves are sometimes used symbolically in rituals and celebrations. They are also valued for their aesthetic qualities in gardens and landscaping.