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Plants of the UNF Campus

Ficus repens - Creeping fig
Family Moraceae


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.


Care Instructions:

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.