The Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) may be the ‘mean girls’ of plants, but we want in on the clique. Looking this good is hard work, but not so tough once you know a few tricks. Ficus lyrata is a fig (or Ficus), native to tropical Cameroon in Africa and is in the fig/mulberry family, Moraceae. The natural environment is hot, humid, and it rains often but lightly, while the sun dries up moisture quickly. They have giant green leaves with lots of cells that need lots of sunlight for food production.