It’s called Ficus triangularis 'Variegata', and if you ask me, it’s one of the coolest plants on the market.
That’s because this easy-care beauty shows off quantities of green and cream, triangle-shape leaves that are held aloft on stiff compact stems. I also love the fact that it’s a super tough plant that can take a bit more abuse than other members of the ficus family. Ficus triangularis 'Variegata' is a relatively slow grower eventually reaching 4 feet in height.
Ficus triangularis 'Variegata' prefers a spot with bright indirect light. In fact, the brighter the light, the happier the plant will be as long as you don’t place it in direct sun. Just make sure to keep it away from heat or cooling ducts that might blow on the plant and dry it out prematurely. The brighter the light, the better the variegation will be on new foliage.Water your plant whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. This handsome plant does not like wet feet so use your finger to make sure the soil is completely dry before offering moisture. Water thoroughly and then let the plant dry out again before it gets another drink. Ficus triangularis 'Variegata' also thrives in humid conditions so if your house has dry air you might consider placing your plant on a pebble filled tray with water. That way, as the water evaporates it will raise the humidity level immediately around your plant. Make sure the pot sits just above the water, not in it.
I can think of a million ways to use this amazing plant. Decorate a table top with a single specimen or flank a doorway or entry with a pair of these easy-care ficus. They would also look terrific in a bright bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen. You could even use them outdoors during the summer as a “thriller” plant in a large flower-filled container. Just remember that Ficus triangularis 'Variegata' is a tropical plant that won’t tolerate temperatures under 50 degrees F. If you use this plant outdoors, move it into the house before the weather begins to cool down in the fall.See other beautiful ficus for your home. And learn more about our Trending Tropicals ® houseplant collection.
Written by Doug Jimerson