(Robust Rubbertree, Rubber Plant, Rubbertree)
Rubber trees are very large evergreen plants native to parts of southeastern and southern Asia. It is often grown as a house plant due to its ability to withstand low light levels and less than ideal atmosphere in buildings. Ficus elastica 'Robusta' is grown primarily for its large, thick, glossy green and compact, freely-branching habit. Outdoors, in warm climates this plant can grow into a large shade tree, as an interior plant it remains a manageable size due to roots restricted by pots...
(Rubber Plant, Variegated Rubbertree)
The rubbertree is a very large evergreen tree native to parts of southeastern and southern Asia. It is often grown as a houseplant due to its ability to withstand lower light levels and less than ideal building atmospheres.
Ficus elastica 'Variegata' has large oval leaves, which are thick, glossy and beautifully variegated. The leaf centers are pale green and dark green and the edges are creamy white. Newly emerging leaves are beautifully red hued.
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Forest & Kim Starr
(Banjo Fig, Fiddleleaf Fig)
Fiddleleaf figs are very large evergreen plants native to parts of western and central Africa. It is often grown as a houseplant due to its ability to withstand low light levels and less than ideal atmosphere in buildings. Ficus lyrata is grown primarily for its large, thick, glossy green fiddle or lyre-shaped leaves. The leaves are corrugated and waxy. Outdoors, in warm climates, this plant can grow into a large shade tree; as an interior plant it remains a manageable size due to roots...
Forest & Kim Starr
(Curtain Fig, Glossy-leaved Fig)
Beautiful, vigorous, and narrower in leaf and in habit than most other forms of curtain fig, this broadleaf evergreen from East Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific is a popular tree for warm climates. It’s often grown in coastal communities where conditions are largely frost free. The trees are fast growing and tightly branched with leathery oval rich green leaves. New leaves may be pink or chartreuse. Its attractive bark is smooth and whitish gray providing a lovely contrast to the foliage....
James H. Schutte
Unlike most figs, which are trees, this East Asian native is a rampant evergreen vine grown primarily for its dense all-enveloping foliage. It has both juvenile and adult growth phases. Juvenile growth has small heart-shaped leaves on slender fuzzy clinging stems. Their rootlike holdfasts bond tightly to most surfaces including metal and concrete, and can damage some materials including wood. Where hardy, creeping fig will quickly cover multi-story buildings, requiring regular pruning to keep it...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Creeping Fig, Variegated Creeping Fig)
Variegated creeping fig is a relative of edible figs and tropical trees but is a tender, evergreen vine. It is native to eastern Asia and has distinctive juvenile and mature forms. The juvenile form features slender, fuzzy branches and small, white variegated, heart-shaped leaves. It is an aggressive vine which clings to most surfaces including metal, wood and concrete by a strong adhesive, aerial rootlets. Creeping fig will quickly cover structures to several stories high were it is hardy and can...
(Alpine Dropwort, Dwarf Meadowsweet)
Bright, lime green foliage that looks like those of a maple and fluffy rosy flower clusters in early summer make the dwarf meadosweet a delicious plant for moist garden sites. A clump-forming herbaceous perennial, it is native to the mountains of central and southern Japan. Plants grow from swollen, tuberous rhizomes (underground stems) and can vary in their mature height, from shin-high to nearly waist-high depending on their nativity to a colder alpine elevation.
The hand-like leaves are light...
(Mosaic Plant, Nerveplant)
Vibrant green foliage with ornate netting and white veins lend delicate beauty to this coveted tropical groundcover. Mosaic plant is a low, spreading, frost-tender perennial native to tropical South America. It only prospers in areas with ample warmth and tropical humidity but is otherwise very easy to grow.
Each small, rounded, oval leaf is medium to dark green and intricately laced with thin, white veins. Cultivars often have leaf veins that are blushed in shades of pink, red or peach. The...
(Fennel, Florence Fennel)
Fennel is a versatile, large, clump-forming perennial herb from the Mediterranean that has been valued for cooking since Ancient Roman times and earlier. Its seeds have a pungent anise flavor and are used as a common spice in vegetable and meat dishes. In fact, they are the predominant flavor in Italian sausage. Vegetable fennel cultivars develop large, bulbous bases that have the crisp texture of celery and a mild anise flavor. Bulb fennel is a traditional ingredient in Mediterranean cooking and...