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Heart-Leaf Philodendron

Philodendron hederaceum

Also known as

Heart-Leaf, Sweetheart Plant

Philodendron hederaceum (Jacq.) Schott (8386618046) by Alex Popovkin, Bahia, Brazil (CC BY 2.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Heart-Leaf Philodendron

A mature Philodendron hederaceum plant with large leaves

Heart-Leaf Philodendron Overview

Philodendron hederaceum is also known by the names Heart-Leaf Philodendron and Sweetheart Plant. These common names are confusingly shared with a related species, Philodendron cordatum. However, these are distinct plants and originate from different areas of the world. This species originates from Central America and parts of the Caribbean and is a commonly grown houseplant in many places, including the UK. Historically, this species was known as Philodendron scandens, however this name is now considered a synonym and is no longer commonly used. It is an evergreen climber that can reach 4m in height, given ideal growing conditions. It has slender-pointed, heart-shaped, waxy green leaves measuring up to 30 cm long. Mature plants may produce green and white flower spathes, measuring around 15cm in length. Toxic to both humans and pets. Can also be a skin irritant.

Common problems with Heart-Leaf Philodendron

How to harvest Heart-Leaf Philodendron

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Heart-Leaf Philodendron



Take stem tip or leaf bud cuttings.


Special features of Heart-Leaf Philodendron

Indoor plant

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Other uses of Heart-Leaf Philodendron

Grown as a house plant in conservatories and used to provide tropical looking architectural interest in offices.


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