Fiddle leaf fig
Known as the ‘Fiddle-leaf Fig’, Ficus lyrata is beloved by interior designers for its sculptural form and presence in any bright room.
Large glossy green leaves and attractive veining contrast with its thin trunk to create a striking balance that can be styled in a number of different ways to match the ambience of any given room. It can be kept compact with pruning, or allowed to grow to form a large specimen plant.
The leaves of Ficus lyrata can vary in shape amongst different cultivars, but the name ‘lyrata’ derives from the morphological term ‘lyrate’, used to describe the archetypal lobed leaves. Simply, lyrate leaves are any leaves shaped like a lyre, and Ficus lyrata is a quintessential example.
Native to western Africa, Ficus lyrata grows in lowland tropical rainforests up to about 15 metres tall.
Care & Size Guidance
Ficus lyrata requires bright indirect light, good humidity and consistent temperatures. It has a tendency to drop leaves in less ideal conditions.
Water when the top few cm of soil is dry to the touch, and make sure the soil never sits in standing water.
Feed in the growing season and be sure not to over water in the darker months. It may be advisable to turn regularly if the sunlight reaches it from one side only, and foliage is likely to burn if kept in too direct sun – for instance, too close to south facing windows.