Help me identify this plant?

I was given this plant as a gift with no instructions or idea what it is. Can you please help?


Balfour aralia has large round leaves that resemble a dinner plate.

Balfour Aralia
Dinner Plant Aralia

Your plant looks like a Balfour Aralia.  The distinct leaves of a Balfour Aralia look like leathery, round, dinner plates about 1″- 2″ in diameter which is how it got its nickname, the Dinner Plate Aralia. Aralias are not a good houseplants for beginners since they are easy to over- water resulting in root-rot and leaves falling off.  These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants

Here are some care tips to help you with your new Aralia plant:

Light: Balfour Aralia plants do best in bright indirect light; but will survive in low light if you are careful not to over-water.

Water: They have very fine roots and are easily over-watered. Always allow the top 1/2 of the soil in the pot to dry out before watering. During the winter when plants are resting, they need even less water. In low lightWhen you select “Low Light” a list of the most adaptive plants in our database appears. These plants can live in lighting conditions too low to support any other plants in our database, but will grow faster in medium and high light. Variegation (color) in the leaves is often lost in low light. A plant in low light needs less water and fertilizer than the same plant in better light. Place a low-light plant within 2-3 ft. of a window with a northern exposure, 3-5 ft. of a window with an eastern exposure, 4-10 ft. of a window with a western exposure, and 10-18ft. of a window with a southern exposure. A low light area has between 50-150 ft. candles of light. The best low light house plants are: Chinese Evergreen, Dracaena Janet Craig, Peace Lily, Heart leaf Philodendron. situations, aralias may need water only once a month.

Fertilizer: Feed an Aralia plant every other month with a plant food high in nitrogen. Always dilute the plant fertilizer to 1/2 the recommended strength.

Humidity: High humidity helps Aralia plants grow better. Dry air, due to low humidity, is one of the reasons Aralias drop leaves.

You can read all my tips on how to grow and care for a Balfour Aralia in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.