Ficus Lyrata
Ficus Lyrata
Ficus Lyrata


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Ficus lyrata, commonly known as the fiddle-leaf fig, is a species of flowering plant in the mulberry and fig family Moraceae. It is native to western Africa, from Cameroon west to Sierra Leone, where it grows in lowland tropical rainforest. It can grow up to 12–15 m tall.

Above: an example of a lyrate leaf. Ficus lyrata leaves are lyrate, meaning that they resemble a lyre.

The leaves are variable in shape, but often with a broad apex and narrow middle, resembling a lyre or fiddle; they are up to 45 cm long and 30 cm broad, though usually smaller, with a leathery texture, prominent veins and a wavy margin.

Cultivation and garden uses

It is a popular ornamental tree in subtropical and tropical gardens, and is also grown as a houseplant in temperate areas, where it usually stays shorter and fails to flower or fruit. It requires indirect natural light. It is hardy down to 10 °C, so specimens may be placed outside during warm periods

Ficus Lyrata

As an ever-increasingly popular houseplant, one so popular that Pottery Barn and retail stores alike produce polyester versions of the plant, it is quite common in interior decor. Some feel the use in interior design is too much, leading to feeling "fiddle-leaf fatigue" by how often we see the plant show up in magazines and Instagram feeds

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