Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question for December 18th - January 12th, 2003
This is the flower cluster of Japanese Fatsia, Fatsia japonica.
This shrubby plant is closely related to English ivy but is not as hardy and does not
have a vining habit. It blooms in early December but is valued in the garden for its
large dark green leaves and shade tolerance. Japanese fatsia can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 8 through 10, and can
sometimes be grown in protected sites in zone 7.
You can find Japanese fatsia in the Cryptomeria
Walk in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum.