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Fiddle-Leaf Fig

Ficus lyrata

Also known as

Banjo Fig, Fig, Fiddle-leaf fig, Banjo fig

Ficus lyrata kz2 by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A Ficus lyrata plant in a pot
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Fiddle-Leaf Fig Overview

Ficus lyrata is a large and impressive specimen tree, producing attractive evergreen foliage. It naturally grows in the forested regions of Western Africa, so can tolerate partially shaded conditions, making it an ideal choice to grow indoors. It wants to stay evenly moist. In the wild, it can reach 30m high and 20m wide. The leaves are large, oval to violin-shaped, dark green, (measuring up to 45cm in length and 13cm wide) and prominent, light green veins. In nature, this species will often start as an epiphyte on a branch of a tree, send down roots to settle, and eventually outcompete and strangle its host by growing around the trunk. Flowers are rarely produced on container-grown plants. This species has earned a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. All parts mildly toxic if consumed, the foliage can irritate the skin and the sap is an eye irritant.

Common problems with Fiddle-Leaf Fig

How to propagate Fiddle-Leaf Fig


Take stem cuttings and root in a moist and humid enviroment for optimal results.


Sow the seeds in the spring.

Special features of Fiddle-Leaf Fig

Hedge plant

Can be used as an effective screen.

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Impressive evergreen leaves makes them a popular choice for plants in the house or office.

Pot plant

Other uses of Fiddle-Leaf Fig

Grown for their foliage and for shade.

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