plants

Murphy

£25.00

Elephant ear fig

Ficus auriculata ‘Everest’; Giant Indian fig; Roxburgh fig

Why we love Murphy

His enormous leaves are simple but stunning. He’s a plant that makes a statement but doesn’t make a fuss.

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

With leaves so huge, he can pick up a bit of dust. Give him a gentle wipe every so often to keep him clean.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Ficus auriculata ‘Everest’

Nickname

Roxburgh fig; Elephant ear fig; Giant Indian fig

Air purifying

Yes

Plant height

70-80cm

Pet/Baby safe

Yes

Nursery pot size

21cm

About Elephant ear fig

You’ll find Elephant ear fig trees growing all over Asia. Yes, we deliberately say trees because in the wild this one gets big. It would not be unusual to see a tree reach 10-metres tall (it won’t get close to that indoors, don’t panic). Its leaves are similarly massive, sometimes growing as large as 50cm in diameter. They’re the largest leaves of any fig tree.

Don’t expect an indoor Elephant ear fig to fruit, but in the wild it would be heaving with edible figs. When they ripen, they look a bit like leathery versions of flat peaches. The inside of the fruit has a jelly-ish texture, with an apparently coconut and strawberry flavour.

As an indoor plant, the thing it needs most is space. The leaves are enormous and very impressive and need room to spread out. It does best in bright light (direct sun is ok for this one) and enjoys moist soil.

Did you know?

Wild Elephant ear figs are almost exclusively pollinated by a wasp called Ceratosolen emarginatus. Also known, appropriately, as the fig wasp.