You have pinned pictures of them on your “Dream Home” boards, glanced past them on your favorite blog, and pondered their fascinatingly large leaves on interior decorating blogs. Whether you know their name or not, these strange sculptural, and spidery beauties are everywhere these days which is usually more than enough reason for me to run away from the bandwagon as opposed to jumping on it (since I revel in being a bit of a rebel), but something about this plant has captured my heart, and my imagination, in such a way that will not let me go, no matter how hard I try.
These plants seem to have magical prowess in transforming even the most ordinary looking room into an artsy, aesthetically pleasing oasis. I am convinced that even a cinder-block, 8×8 dorm room would take on a new, and quirky appeal if it sported one of these mystical beauties.
I have admired these plants from afar, but I never even knew what they were called until recently, at which time I went on a frenzied search to discover what this plant was, where I could buy one, and how I, too, could have such a magnificent creature in my own life.
After numerous searches of “large, big leafed plant in all the blogs”, “big leafed tree”, and “spidery bush” online I finally discovered the name of this mysterious plant: in Latin it is called Ficus lyrata or in common speak it is referred to as a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree a native plant from Africa.
I love the name of this plant almost as much as I love its appearance. Of course, such a neat creation would also have an incredibly artistic, and imaginative name! In case you are uncertain as to what I am referring here are some pictures…
Unfortunately for me these bewitching, African plants need quite a lot of sun (hence being by the large windows in almost every picture), and perhaps are not suited toward my own living accommodations presently. But, just like a camo-covered duck hunter, my sights are set on this alluring plant, and one day I shall post a blog about how I, too, am caring for my own Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree.
Kids may have sugar plums dancing in their heads, other children might just want their two front teeth for Christmas, and some adults might have dreams of a partridge in a pear tree or five golden rings–but all I want for Christmas is a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree.
You can actually buy a baby fiddle leaf fig tree on Amazon, and I am sorely tempted to get one started so that in years to come it will become the large, sprawling masterpiece that I admire. Have you ever had an experience with this remarkable plant? Are you tempted to give it a try as well? Comment below, I would love to hear about it!
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