Edgeworthia chrysantha


The edgeworthia chrysantha plant is also called the paper plant because in some countries it is used to produce banknotes. It is a very decorative shrub, suitable for landscaping gardens. It can be placed in a green area, or it can develop inside a very large vessel, always to be kept outside. For the cultivation inside containers it is recommended to place on the bottom of the balls of expanded clay or pebbles, perhaps separated from the earth by a fine nylon mesh for gardening, avoiding mixing. In this way we will guarantee the outflow of excess water, both due to too intense atmospheric precipitation and abundant irrigation. The plants placed at home, instead, will have to be watered often, when the soil is dry, increasing the interventions during the vegetative recovery phase when the plant has greater water demands.


The plant of edgeworthia chrysantha can be multiplied by division of the tufts or by cutting. If instead we bought a plant directly in the nursery and we have to plant it or transfer it, we will work carefully to avoid breaking the root system. We will take the entire earth bread contained in the original pot and place the plant in the new location, bringing some soil back to the base and applying slight pressure without crushing too much. The operation of decanting or final planting should be done preferably at the end of winter to favor the vegetative growth with the summer season. Periodically we will remove the aerial parts of the plant that appear damaged. We will try to remove only the dried leaves and we will make sure not to spoil the healthy vegetation.

Ideal terrain

The plant of edgeworthia chrysantha which is grown inside large pots must be placed on loose and well-drained soil. On the bottom of the container there must be holes to facilitate the escape of water during the most intense precipitations. We can use very common universal soil enriched with slow release granular fertilizer. As for the plant of edgeworthia chrysantha placed directly in the garden, instead, we will have to prepare in advance the hole that will host it. we will dig at least 40cm deep, breaking the hardest clods and making the substrate as light as possible. If necessary we can add sand or pebbles to the bottom of the buchetta to facilitate drainage. Fertilization can be done with a natural organic fertilizer by adding compost.

Edgeworthia chrysantha: Climate and adversity

The edgeworthia chrysantha plant is mainly cultivated to embellish the garden with purely ornamental purposes or to pick up very fragrant flowers to be kept in bunches. Therefore it is necessary to develop healthy and luxuriant vegetation. The edgeworthia chrysantha plant adapts to different climatic conditions but prefers a temperate climate. The plant takes advantage of naturally occurring atmospheric precipitation and temperatures that do not fluctuate too much. In particular, it does not tolerate exposures in locations where the winds are intense. It can be placed in a place where direct sunlight arrives for most of the day. In general, the plant is not attacked by pests and chemical pesticides are not required. The only adversities are of a climatic nature. A mulch that protects the roots of winter frost can benefit the plant directly. The edgeworthia chrysantha pots, on the other hand, can be moved and sheltered during the cold season.