This is one of my three Fatsia japonica (Japanese Aralia, Aralia sieboldii) plants.
You can see an emerging umbel in the right side of the above picture.
Here, it starts opening, showing creamy-white flowers.
Sometimes, they call Aralia glossy-leaved paper plant, false castor oil plant or fig-leaf palm .
The blooms remind me of snowflakes and dandelion heads at the same time.
The pictures were taken in October and November 2010.
I showed all three aralia plants in my garden here: Aralia Blooming.
Japanese Aralia is an evergreen spreading shrub growing 5-12 feet tall, with thick, sparsely branched stems. The dark green leaves are spirally-arranged, large, leathery, with 7-11 broad lobes, toothed. The flowers are small, creamy white, borne in branching, long-stalked compound umbels in autumn or early winter, followed by small black fruit. Zones 8-10.
Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained.
Location: sun or light, dappled shade with shelter from cold, drying winds. Variegated cultivars need partial shade.
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