What Is a Creeping Fig Vine?

A Creeping Fig vine is considered evergreen, and grows back every year.  This vine is popular among those who are looking for a vast landscape and tends to grow best in warmer climates.  If you travel to the south often you will see this plant a lot as it graces landscapes around restaurants, businesses and homes.

This vine is great for creating dense covering when you need to add to your current landscape, or cover up the parts you don’t like.  The reason so many people use the Creeping Fig vine, is because it’s an attractive plant, has good shade coverage and grows quite rapidly. 

If you have ever heard of a Fica Tree then you are in luck. The Creeping Fig vine is a part of this family of plants.  The stems are like clasps, and the leaves overshadow them in a fragile fashion.  Creeping Fig vine is generally used in topiaries, wall covers, and is frequently found in hanging baskets.  If you have ever driven past a home that looked like it was covered in vine, this is the Creeping Fig vine.  You may also have seen creeping fig vine crawling across someone’s walkway.  This is often the case when someone lives near wooded area or an arboretum. 

Creeping fig vine loves to make a vertical run for it.  It will climb walls for you, and will go as high as three or four stories.  Keep in mind that it might need a little help, so be sure to use some adhesive.  The whole surface will look full of unruly foliage, but just keep in mind that the stems are very fine and frail.  The stems are very thing, but the leaves are heart shaped, creating an eerie look of romance. This is sure to work out if you need to cover up a bad wall, or some cement block that is in bad shape.  Oddly enough, many industrial city areas use the creeping fig vine to cover up the large vertical fences on overpasses, and the concrete walls along the interstates.  With several thousand stems of foliage, the foliage can soften the freeway noise, and create a livelier look to the city.

Creeping fig vine is a great houseplant.  It will do well in most settings indoors with moderate light.  Using a topiary form is a great tool if you have one because the creeping fig vine likes to climb vertical.  This is why you will see them associated with topiaries at the florist or in a garden center.  With the amount of foliage that this vine produces, it is sure to aid in covering wire forms when doing floral arrangements.  Parks, restaurants and hotels all have a good amount of usage for this plant to create a more romantic atmosphere, and they can use it to cover up unsightly walls. Many times, when businesses decide to use the Creeping fig vine, they set up wire frameworks so that the vine has something it can utilize to crawl upwards.

The Creeping Fig vine is also good for landscaping when doing large plantings in a flower bed or even in front of an office building. When mulch isn’t going to be used, or you just want the affect of the green foliage, then this vine is a great choice.  This vine will even cover the side of a building if planted in the right spot, and can climb tree trunks.  Anytime you see this in a park or in a forest, this is Creeping Fig. 

Lastly, this vine is not choosey about the soil you plant it in.  Creeping Fig vine will take up root almost anyplace, and it will actually thrive in a less fertile soil.  This plant is so versatile; it will even grow by the sea, if it has a structure nearby to give it some form of shield.


 

 


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