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Aralia, or to be exact, Japanese Aralia, is officially named Fatsia Japonica. It is native to southern Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. ‘Fatsi’ is an approximation of the Japanese word for ‘infinite.’ In Japan it is known as yatsude (八つ手), meaning “infinite hand.” The name “Japanese Aralia” is due to the genus being classified in the related genus Aralia in the past.

Aralia at Holex

The most common known Aralia used for greenery has a deep green color. The leaf shape is always the same. From June to September Aralia is also available as variegated: green with creamy patches and streaks.

We have close relationships with reliable growers worldwide. Depending on your location, your Aralia can come from Costa Rica, Guatemala, South Africa, Italy, or Spain. Check out our full selection of Aralia. We offer them in various sizes, from 20 cm up to 80 cm (measured from stem to the tip of the upper lobe).







Spread Your Hands, Aralia!

Did you know that Aralia is also a Latin girl’s name? It means ‘golden.’ How beautiful!

While Aralia is universally mostly known for its leaves, the plant also carries beautiful flowers in its native habitat: Japan. The shrubs flower in winter time and the Japanese plant them for good luck. They say that the large evergreen leaves of Aralia look like enormous spread hands, that can easily welcome and collect good fortune and wealth. And since each Aralia leaf always has and odd number of lobes (7 or 9, this is also an important symbol for luck in Japanese culture), it is one of the most common household garden plants in Japan.

Design Suggestions with Aralia

Aralia leaves can be used perfectly at the outer sides of bouquets to cover up the stems of the other used products. But it can also add a great touch of extravagant texture to centerpieces or lobby designs.




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