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.
With huge, wavy green leaves that grow to more than a foot long, fiddle-leaf figs instantly give any room a jungle-like vibe. Lush and sculptural, this tropical plant is actually a tree capable of growing up to 50 feet tall in its jungle home. Indoors, it grows very slowly and can be kept for many years before it begins to touch the ceiling.
But even if you have the space to grow it, a fiddle-leaf fig can be a challenging plant to live with long-term. With a well-earned reputation for being finicky, this cold-sensitive rainforest denizen needs just the right environmental conditions in order to thrive indoors. It may not be the best houseplant for apartment dwellers or the horticulturally challenged, but those willing to give it the extra attention it deserves will be well-rewarded.