This evergreen vine is closely related to the edible fig and
the giant banyan trees of the tropics. About 800 species of Ficus are found around the world,
primarily in the southern Hemisphere. The creeping fig grows on the ground or
vertically up tree trunks and walls by clasping surfaces with adventitious
roots that exude a glue-like substance. Initial growth has stems and leaves
tightly pressed to the surface on which it grows. Later, horizontal branches
with larger leaves grow out from a vertical surface. At this time, the natural
pollinator (a tiny wasp) is absent so viable seeds are not produced here.
See plants on the stairwell in OutTakes Plaza.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: drought tolerant when established
Soil: very adaptable to soil types, no special requirements
Creeping fig is an easy plant to grow in north Florida. It tolerates a
wide range of conditions except soggy soils.
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