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Other use

Fatsia japonica (Thunb.) Decne. & Planch. Araliaceae False castor oil plant. Distribution: Japan, South Korea. Not even in the same family as the castor oil plant, Ricinus communis. An ornamental plant, Fatsia from the Japanese word for 'eight' hachi referring to the eight-lobed leaf. The sap can cause dermatitis.
Oakeley, Dr. Henry F. (2013). Wellcome Library notes. link

One of the early plantings in the garden in the 1960's. Grown instead of the true Castor Oil plant (Ricinus communis) as it was much easier to cultivate.

Geographical distribution

  • Asia-Temperate, Eastern Asia, Japan
  • Asia-Temperate, Eastern Asia, Korea

Fatsia japonica (Thunb.) Decne. & Planch.

Genus: Fatsia
Species: japonica (Thunb.) Decne. & Planch.
Common names: Castor Oil Plant; Japanese Aralia
Distribution summary: Japan
Habit: Shrub
Hardiness: H5 - Hardy; cold winter
Habitat: Woodlands
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Far East (L)
Flowering months: October, November

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