Flora: Green Heartleaf Philodendron

Heartleaf Philodendron

(Philodendron Hederaceum)
Vining Plant
Lighting: Partial Shade to moderate bright light
Water: Moderate, water when top 1″ of soil feels dry
Humidity: No specific humidity requirements
Native to: Central America and the Carribean
Toxicity: High in oxalate.  Can cause mouth and stomach irritation and swelling if ingested in large quantities.


Philodendron Hederaceum, or Heartleaf Philodendron, is a very popular, easy to grow house plant that can adapt to many different light conditions.  The plant is a vining plant that will happily climb a trellis or structure, or just as happily trail gracefully to the sides of a hanging basket or planter.

Philodendron is a popular plant to use in vivariums and terrariums, but it should be noted that the plant is listed as having toxic properties for animals.  Toxicity reports should always be carefully read and interpreted before using plants in the homes of animals or small children.  Heartleaf Philodendron leaves are high in calcium oxalates, which can cause mild to severe irritation and swelling within the mouth, throat, and stomach when ingested.  It is best to keep this plant away from pets or children who may be tempted to nibble on plants.  This plant is often kept, without issue, in reptile and amphibian enclosures.

This plant can often be found in local nurseries and garden centers, however, when I finally decided to pick one up, I couldn’t find it anywhere local!  So I ordered two, and maybe a few other treats for myself, from The Sill.  I found their prices to be pretty reasonable, and the plants can be ordered in both nursery pots or trendy earthenware pots.  The plants arrived in fantastic shape with excellent care sheets attached.  I don’t think they will be my last order from The Sill, but I wish they would expand their plant offering, as they only offer a handful of the more common, popular house plants.


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