Last Updated on May 31, 2021 by Sophie
If you’re looking for a particularly unique gift around Valentine’s day or you simply want to add a little more love to the decor in your home, then you’ll be delighted to discover that there is a wide array of houseplants which boast heart-shaped features. All of the following plants are simplu stunning, and the majority are also incredibly easy to care for! Here’s your ultimate guide to the best of plants with heart shaped leaves that you’ll absolutely fall in love with!
Of all the plants with heart-shaped leaves, there is perhaps no plant more beautiful than that of the Hoya kerrii. A notoriously slow grower, the plant is also known as ‘sweetheart plant,’ ‘Lucky Hearts Plant,’ ‘Wax Heart Plant’ and the ‘Valentine Hoya’ or ‘Hoya Hearts’ on account of its succulent-like green heart-shaped leaves.
Around Valentine’s Day, you’ll often see single leaf cuttings of this plant potted into sphagnum moss and sold as the “lucky-heart” plant. You should know that although these single leaves root, they are often planted into sphagnum moss and, due to the fact that they don’t have any node attached, they will never grow into a full plant.
The Heartleaf Philodendron, which is also known by the official botanical name of Philodendron scandens or alternatively by Philodendron hederaceum, is a beautiful plant known for its heart-shaped leaves, as well as the fact that it is quite possibly one of the easiest hosueplants to grow!
A vining plant which survives a fair bit of neglect, this trailing plant can be trained to climb up moss poles and walls, or simply left to hang, adding a fair bit of greenery to your indoor space. The heartleaf philodendron is also incredibly easy to propagate, meaning that you can easily create even more new plants easily!
Yet another Philodendron variety that has heart-shaped leaves is that of Philodendron micans which is also referred to as the Velvet Leaf Philodendron on account of the fact that its foliage is velvety to the touch.
Though not quite as sparkly as scindaptus pictus, when sunlight touches the leaves, they appear to glisten under the light. Despite their stunning foliage, this climbing/ vining philodendron is surprisingly unfussy and easy to grow.
String of Hearts
Of all of the plants with heart-shaped leaves listed here, the String of Hearts (known scientifically as Ceropegia woodii) is undoubtedly one of my absolute favourites. Not only is it simply stunning and can be found in variegated and non-variegated forms, but it is an incredibly easy succulent to grow, can easily be propagated (propagating plants makes for excellent and budget-friendly gifts), and can often survive on quite a lot of neglect.
A great addition to your indoor gardening collection, the plant is a trailing vine with a purple trunk (stem) and green and white mottled leaves. The cascading vines stem from tubers and the heart-shaped leaves are situated around every three inches along the vine.
Though less of a distinctive heart shape when it comes to the leaf of this trailing pothos, Devil’s Ivy is nevertheless a must addition to your home, for the simple fact that it is so easy to grow! Officially known as Epipremnum aureum, but also sometimes referred to as golden pothos, this is a flowering plant part of the arum family Araceae. The plant originates from French Polynesia but can now be found as a popular houseplant across the world.
One of the rarer plants on this list of plants with heart shaped leaves is that of the Philodendron gloriosum, which is characterised by its velvety leaves which can span up to a foot wide. Part of the Araceae family, this creeping plant (as opposed to being a climbing plant) is found in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and parts of Brazil.
The Anthurium plant is beautiful, fairly fast growing, and incredibly easy to care for. What’s more is that the leaves of this plant are of a pointed heart shape. Anthurium leaves tend to be dark green and glossy in colour, while the spathes of the plant can come in all sorts of shades including cream, pink, red, and orange.
Please note that what many people think are the flowers of the Anthurium aren’t flowers, but instead, much like Peace Lily flowers, are actually specialised hooded leaves which protect the flowers and are known as Spathes.
One of the most popular of all indoor house plants which originate from the jungle is that of Monstera deliciosa, which is easy to propagate and even easier to take of, making it a stunning addition to your indoor jungle collection.
The giant leaves are heart shaped and mature plants have holes in the leaves, which are known botanically as ‘fenestrations’. A climbing variety of jungle plant, which puts out aerial roots, the Monstera deliciosa is also known as the ‘Swiss Cheese plant’ and should be grown up a moss pole.
A charming little species of miniature fern, the Hemionitis arifolia is a must-buy for those who love ferns as well as plants which boast fronds in the shape of hearts. Though a little harder to care for than some philodendrons and pothos varieties, as the plant enjoys to be kept moist at all times and doesn’t want to dry out between waterings, the joy of keeping this tiny little specimen is well worth the effort. Hemionitis arifolia does best in terrarium like environments.
Syngonium (arrowhead plant)
Known as the ‘arrowhead’ plant on account of the fact that the leaves are arrow-shaped, some might consider Syngoniums to have heart shaped leaves. One of my particular favourite varieties of Syngonium is that of ‘white butterfly’ as the heart/ arrow shaped leaves are green marked with white specks of variegation.
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