Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Ficus

Specie: pumila


English Name:


Common Name:

creeping or climbing fig

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Moraceae

Name in English: Mulberry or fig family

The Plant

Origin: East Asia

Growth Habit: woody evergreen vine

Flower: not significant, rare

Blooming Period:

Leaf: simple, heart-shaped, small when young; changes to larger, 2-4in long, oblong and leathery form when mature


gardens and landscapes, and as houseplant

Care and Handling

Soil: amended soil

Amount of water: requires supplemental, 1-2 times per week in hot season

Nutrition: text

Special handling: part or full shade, morning sun okay. Maintenance: low; can be a nuisance to control if it overruns allotted space; can be difficult to remove from walls; cutting back will rejuvenate juvenile leaf form .

Special feature/remarks:

The fruit of Ficus pumila var. awkeotsang is used in cuisine. In Taiwan, its fruit is turned inside out and dried. The seeds are scraped off and a gel is extracted from their surface with water and allowed to set and form a jelly known in Taiwan as aiyu jelly (or aiyuzi 愛玉子) and in Singapore as ice jelly (文頭雪).