New York Mag

The Most Underexposed and Underrated Plants, According to Experts

By Dominique Pariso
April 25, 2019

Rock Fig

Scott Cain, curator of the popular Instagram account Boys with Plants, says, “When you’ve had enough of the fiddle-leaf fig (Ficus lyrata), consider another, much more interesting member of the Ficus family, the rock fig (F. petirolaris).” He especially likes it because it has “really fascinating silvery leaves with red veins, and since it’s a rainforest tree, it grows large ‘rocklike’ exposed roots.” In nature, it grows among rocks, so it’s happiest in a smaller pot, which only encourages those interesting root formations, Cain says.