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Castor oil plant

Fatsia spp.

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Fatsia japonica-japoniar Fatsia, Aralia 01 by Uliako Auzo Elkartea (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Fatsia japonica leaves

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Castor oil plant Overview

Small genus with only 3 described evergreen species. These are East Asian, shrubs or small trees grown for their growth habit, fruits, leathery foliage and interesting flowers. Glossy leaves, formed mostly at the tips of branches, are divided palmately to create between 7–10 lobes. These are arranged like an open palm, where the lobes are fingers. Flowers are produced in clusters, coloured white or green-white, spherical in overall appearance and followed by small black berries. The most commonly cultivated species is F. japonica, which is ideal for shaded and sheltered areas.

Common problems with Castor oil plant

How to propagate Castor oil plant




Take greenwood cuttings in summer.

Special features of Castor oil plant

Attractive leaves

Attracts bees

Other uses of Castor oil plant

Grown for its foliage, fruits and flowers. It is excellent for conservatories. Suitable for coastal conditions.