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How Did the Fiddle Leaf Fig Get its Name?

You may know the Fiddle Leaf Fig from the cover of your favorite home and garden magazine. These beautiful grand plants are known for their gorgeous large foliage and are one of the most popular ornamental plants commonly used in home décor designs and as the centerpieces of backyard gardens worldwide. But where did the Fiddle Leaf Fig get its distinctive name?

In this article, we will go over what the Fiddle Leaf Fig is; we'll give a brief history of this elegant plant and explain how the Fiddle Leaf Fig got its unique and memorable name from.

What is the Fiddle Leaf Fig?

The Fiddle Leaf Fig, also known as Ficus Lyrata, is a type of flowering plant species in the Mulberry and Fig family of plants. The plant grows natively in West Africa, specifically in the region between Cameroon and Sierra Leone, due to the lowland jungle environment inherent to this region.

In recent years the Fiddle Leaf Fig has grown in popularity amongst garden enthusiasts in the west due to its large beautiful leaves and aesthetic, ornamental shape. The Fiddle Leaf Fig produces a sweet green fruit fig, hence its name.

There are a number of different varieties of the Fiddle Leaf Fig, including the smaller 'Compacta,' the lusher 'Bambino,' and the increasingly popular 'Suncoast' varieties.

A Brief History of the Fiddle Leaf Fig

The Fiddle Leaf Fig has grown for centuries in West Africa but was only established in North America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Most home gardeners steer clear of the plant as it is notoriously hard to care for, but those who pride themselves on being excellent gardeners often showcase their luxurious Fiddle Leaf Figs as a status symbol of their skillful gardening abilities.

How did the Fiddle Leaf Fig Get its Name?

When you look at a Fiddle Leaf Fig, it becomes obvious how it got its catchy, memorable name. The large leaves have the shape of a violin; hence the name "Fiddle Leaf," and the plant produces a sweet fig, so when you consider both of these factors, you can see where the name "Fiddle Leaf Fig" comes from. Plus, it sounds much nicer to say you have a new Fiddle Leaf Fig than it does to say you have a new Ficus Lyrata.


The Fiddle Leaf Fig, also known as the Ficus Lyrata, is a large flowering plant species native to West Africa. The plant has grown in popularity due to its beautiful large violin-shaped leaves and delicious sweet fig fruit. The Fiddle Leaf Fig is a demanding plant that requires a degree of expertise in gardening and, as such, is often displayed as a showpiece by expert gardeners around the world. There are several different varieties of Fiddle Leaf Fig plants, including the Compacta, Bambino, and Suncoast varieties, and the plant gets its name from the distinctive shape of its leaves and the green fig it produces.


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