Schefflera elegantissima - False Aralia

Schefflera elegantissima - False Aralia

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Schefflera elegantissima                     

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Common Names: False Aralia, Thread-leaf Aralia, Finger Aralia

Family: Araliaceae

Origin: New Caledonia

Growth: Upwards, branching

Light: Bright, indirect

Foot Candles: 175 - 225

Water: Keep evenly moist

Humidity: 60% - 90%

Temperature: 20°C - 25°C

Soil: Well draining potting mix

Container: Self-watering planter, living wall

Nutrients: Not required  

Propagation: Seed or cuttings

Interiorscape Use: Living walls, employee personal plant

Common Pests: Mealybugs, Aphids, Spider Mites, Scale, Thrips.

Common Issues: Root rot when sitting in water. 

Comments: This plant is also botanically known as Plerandra elegantissima, Dizygotheca elegantissima, or Aralia elegantissima. It is a rare occurrence in horticulture that a plant is quicker to identify with its common name before the botanical, but because False Aralia has changed genus four times over recent years, it has become an exception. To further complicate the matter, False Aralia is indeed in the Araliaceae family, leading many to ponder where the ‘False’ wording  even came from.

Toxicity: Safe.