Ficus lyrata

Make a statement with the fiddle leaf fig

The large leaves of this magnificent fiddle leaf fig – so nicknamed because of its semi-lobed, oval-shaped leaves - are sure to make a statement in your living room. 

In nature, the fig’s cousin is so vigorous that it suffocates the tree on which it grows. The tree variant can reach a height of 12 to 15m but don’t worry, it won’t grow that large in your living room with regular pruning. 

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Colours and shapes

Leaves with a length of some 50cm are not unusual on this ficus. You can’t miss them: they’re green, leathery and shiny and have distinctive, pale veins. These veins are embedded in the violin-shaped leaves. Figs grow on this fabulous plant, but sadly not in your living room.

Symbolism

There are no myths or exciting stories about the Ficus lyrata.  There is only a legend that says that the leaves of the ficus were once used to roll cigars. We’d rather give it a healthier meaning: it provides the finishing touch in your home, so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy its beauty. 

Origin

Ficus lyrata originates from the African rainforests from Liberia to Gabon. This is the only place where the wild species occurs, because this is the only place where you find the species of wasp required for the plant’s reproduction. The ficus has an unusual pollination mechanism: each species of ficus has its own wasp. They then lay eggs on individual figs and the larvae develop within.