The Ficus Plant Family

The Ficus Plant Family

Ficus Plant familyThe Ficus plant Family (Moraceae) are in the ornamental fig family. There are numerous varieties from the lowly creepers to the weeping fig plant.

The Rubber plant above or (elastica robusta) is an excellent plant that does well indoors. Easy care plant for indoor decoration.  The Ficus family of plants do not have any blooms and are grown strictly for their waxy leafy foliage.

The rubbery leaves look like rubber thus its name!  You can place it almost anywhere indoors and it will grow providing it gets ample water and fertilizer.

It does like regular watering every day during the hot summer months but most folks over water during the cooler months.

Ficus Plants for Indoor Decoration

varigaeted-ficus-familyThe Variegated Ficus is another easy to care for houseplant.

There are several varieties and one of the most popular is the Ficus Benjamina variegata. All variegated plants have at least 2 colors in their foliage.

The Ficus Plant Family
The Braided Ficus Benjamania inside a modern home.

The standard ficus Benjamina shown above is another houseplant that grows fast and is an ideal plant for the modern home. The leaves are darker green and they can grow very large.


ficus pumilaThe Ficus Pumila also called the weeping fig produces a dense green carpet and is used as indoor/outdoor ground cover. The stems cling to any type of object that holds moisture.

The weeping fig is another very popular modern plant. Its leaves are small and grow much more like a small tree. There is also a trailing type that is smaller but is much more difficult to grow. It needs more humidity which makes it ideal for shower or bathrooms.


The Ficus diversifolia also called the Misletoe fig is a slow-growing bush. The leaves have small brown spots.

Be sure to ask your local nursery for these types of plants. It is best to ask for the houseplant manager as he will probably have the best information concerning care and watering.

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