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Ficus pumila 'Variegata'

Family: Moraceae (mor-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ficus (FY-kus) (Info)
Species: pumila (POO-mil-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata

Synonym:Ficus repens

6 vendors have this plant for sale.

8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Aug 11, 2011, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

excellent terrarium plant

Negative newplanter313 On Aug 11, 2011, newplanter313 from Highland Park, MI wrote:

I purchased two of these plants at English Gardens and one of them began turning brown and crispy the very next day. The tag on the plant indicated that the soil needed to be kept moist, I usually water plants once a week. This plant seems to need a lot more attention that my other plants. I'm sure that I won't purchase these again.

Positive robcorreia On Jun 23, 2008, robcorreia from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

I have this growing against a north facing wall. I looks beautiful and really lights up the dark corners! Very very pretty and carefree.

Neutral sallyg On Nov 2, 2007, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

My mother-in-law has a small houseplant of this that is doing well for her. She has an east window and tends to keep her plants pretty moist all the time. Its cute with very small leaves, about a half-inch.

Negative kbaumle On Apr 10, 2006, kbaumle from Northwest, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Bought this as a houseplant in a hanging basket from Walmart about a month or so ago. I have had problems with it ever since I got it. It seems to be 'crispy' and loses leaves, yet if I up the watering on it, that doesn't help it either, they just get mushy. It's surviving, but doesn't seem to be an easy plant to please, as a houseplant. I noticed the last time I was in Walmart, that theirs looked even worse than mine, like they were breathing their last, and they had them on clearance.

Positive hanna1 On Oct 28, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Medium indoor lighting, moderately moist soil. Average home temp. 60-80F (16-27C). Very attractive

Neutral tiG On Sep 18, 2001, tiG from Newnan, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Ficus pumila 'Variegata' is a variegated evergreen vine that clings to any surface. Covers exposed areas, good for groundcover also. Low water requirement once established. Mature height can reach 40 feet.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Montgomery, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Castro Valley, California
Clovis, California
Ripon, California
San Diego, California
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Miami, Florida
Oviedo, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Las Vegas, Nevada
Conway, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Coppell, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Montgomery, Texas
Richmond, Texas

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