The fiddle leaf fig (ficus lyrata ) is native to tropical and subtropical regions. It’s named for its stiff, shiny dark-green leaves which are in the shape of a fiddle with ruffled edges. They have distinct pale veins, and the stems sprout from a sturdy tree-like trunk. It can grow to a height of 15 feet and tolerate light from any direction.
If side branches, make the plant too wide for its location they can be removed, and cuttings will root in water. Cut tops of young plants to encourage branching. If the plant gets too tall it will need a stake for support.
Learn more about this plant by working a crossword puzzle and coloring a fiddle leaf fig in the book Foliage Houseplants.