Plants with heart-shaped leaves are a beautiful addition to your garden or home. The heart shaped leaves are known to have come from an ancient plant known as Silphium, native to Northern Africa.

Plants With Heart Shaped Leaves

These plants are eye-catching and ornamental, making your home or landscape bright and beautiful.

This article will highlight some of the most attractive heart-shaped leaf plants you can grow.

Top Plants With Heart-shaped Leaves

1. Anthurium

Anthurium Plant

  • Bright red color 
  • Glossy texture
Notable features 
  • The leaves are smooth
  • Blooms for a long time 
Common names 
  • Water dragon Anthurium
  • Flamingo flower
  • Birds nest anthurium
Growing conditions 
  • Provide adequate growing light 
  • Can grow outdoors or indoors
  • Grow in well-drained soils that are rich and moist

Anthurium is a genus of about 1000 plants native to Central America and the Caribbean, it is known as tail flower, tail flower, and painted tongue plant. The anthurium has a unique tropical shape and bright flowers, that would vary in its color from hot red to pink, and it has a large, deeply veined leaves, and they are climbers and require support to keep growing.

This perennial plant does excellent as a houseplant but can also grow outdoors in warm climates. The flowers are heart-shaped, red, pink, white, and purple, and when they bloom, it would get extended for prolonged periods. It grows slowly to moderately, depending on the amount of light they receive.

2. String of Hearts

String of Hearts

  • White vein on leaves
  • Heart shaped tiny leaves
Notable features 
  • Vining stems 
  • Leaves shoot every few inches
Common names 
  • Lantern flower
  • Bushman’s pipevine
  • Necklace vine
Growing conditions 
  • Bright and indirect light 
  • Prefers rich and well-drained soil

The string of hearts is one of the most attractive houseplants you can ever grow, as it is known as the wine-glass vine, and parachute flower. It has a natural beauty that is eye-catching and easy to grow. 

This ornamental plant is native to Southern Africa, from Zimbabwe to Eastern South Africa. The cascading vines stem from tubers and are heart-shaped that have a stunning feature, as they are positioned around every three to four inches on the vine, make sure you would provide adequate light to avoid discoloration of leaves. 

This is the type of plant that has a trailing vine with purple stems and green and mottled white leaves, it also has dark green leaves with variegated silver cream, green, or pink markings. It has the ability to grow and trail about three inches tall.

3. Epipremnum

Epipremnum Plant

  • A tropical vine plant 
  • Glossy, green, or variegated leaves 
  • growing on cascading stems 
Notable features 
  • The vining trail it leaves
  • Blooms like peace lily
  • Toxic to pets
Common names 
  • Devil’s Ivy
  • money plant 
  • Ceylon creeper
Growing conditions 
  • well-drained potting mix 
  • Provide bright indirect light or artificial light
  • Require fertilizer

This plant is one that grow as a trailing plant and remain compact in width, as it is called various names such as, hunter’s robe, ivy arum, Solomon Islands ivy, pothos, and taro vine. This plant has the characteristic to grow is beautiful leaves and to vine about six to eight feet as horizontal ground cover, with the vines growing as long as 40 feet.

Produce flower stalks with a cream spathe with purple markings around the spadix and the flowers that they would produce are similar to a peace lily. They are ideal for small spaces that need some brightening up with greenery. 

You can grow them in pots, hanging baskets, shelves, or hangers. This plant helps purify the indoor air by removing toxins. In order to boost their growth you can also add compost or slow-release fertilizer to the soil to enrich it.

4. Heart Leaf Fern

Heart Leaf Fern

  • A dwarf fern
  • Trails two to three inches
Notable features 
  • Foliage is thick, leathery, and slightly waxy
  • Does not flower 
Common names 
  • Hemionoitis arifolia
  • Tongue fern
Growing conditions 
  • Moist and humid conditions
  • Well draining soil 
  • Provide low light

Heart leaf fern has glorious arrow-shaped leaves that look like little paper hearts as it has the ability to grow alone or on other plants, it has dark green heart-shaped fronds about two to three inches long. 

The compact shape and the beautiful black stems make this plant stand out. This plant loves warmth, brightly lit rooms, and high humidity. Although it doesn’t bloom little flowers but produces spores in the spring.

Fern likes to wear its heart on the stems. Keep the fern in a shaded area or under low light, and make sure that you would keep the soil well moisturized but not soggy as a result you must provide well-drained soils that release the water fast.

5. Hoya kerrii

Hoya Kerrii

  • Has succulent-like green leaves
  • Long stalk 
  • Plain smooth leave
Notable features 
  • Multiple flowers
  • Heart shaped thick leaf
Common names 
  • Lucky heart plant 
  • wax heart plant 
  • valentine hoya
Growing conditions 
  • Well draining soil 
  • Bright and indirect light 
  • Acidic to neutral soil 

Heart hoya is the most beautiful plant with leaves that are succulent-like. It is native to the mountainous regions of China and Java, Indonesia. It has stunted growth, so it takes time to grow to maturity. Each sweetheart hoya has a long stalk and a thick plain leaf blade. Pale green stem is covered with pairs of leaves growing opposite each other. 

This plant is commonly sold as a lucky heart plant during the valentine’s period. It has about 25 bright flowers attached to a single stem with white sepals and red fuzzy-haired petals. The flowers produce a lot of red-brown odorless nectar.

In addition, it also has striking flower clusters about half an inch wide that would start to grow about 25 flowers to a single inflorescence. This plant is known for its succulent-like heart-shaped leaves on the opposite side of the stem are arranged in style.

When you are growing it, remember that it prefers well-drained soils that release the water fast, and that you would also provide bright indirect light, or else it will be hard to cultivat, and remember that the soil should be mildly acidic and neutral, with a pH value of six to seven.

6. Arrowhead Plant

Arrowhead Plant

  • Has dark green with strong white leaves
  • Can grow in lime and pink colors 
  • Has trailing or climbing stems 
Notable features 
  • Large leaves
  • Climbing habit 
Common names 
  • Arrowhead vine
  • Goose foot plant
Growing conditions 
  • Medium bright light
  • Well draining soil
  • Avoid overwatering 

Arrowhead is native to South and Central America. Its name is derived from spade-like or heart-like leaves. It grows fast and lush, constantly producing new foliage. It thrives when grown indoors in containers or hanging baskets. Not only that, but it grows to about 15 inches tall and bushy.

Adopt a climbing habit making it fun to grow on a trellis and other structures, and it is great especially how it climbs and still produces big leaves of different colors. Foliage stands out as the leaves are significant and have fascinating colors, you can trim the plant to keep it in its youthful compact style.

7. Swiss Cheese Plant

Swiss Cheese Plant

  • Big leaves with heart shape
  • Empty patches in the foliage
Notable features 
  • Aerial roots
  • Little flowers show in spring
Common names
  • Monstera deliciosa
  • Split leaf philodendron 
  • Re-pot every two years in the spring. 
  • Keep the soil well moisturized 
  • allow it to dry in between irrigation

This plant is native to South America. It is a renowned houseplant that is easy to grow and care for. It is an ideal plant for large or conservatory rooms like a hotel, restaurant, or lounge area. Furthermore, it has the most interesting leaves requiring extra space to thrive.

This is a plant that has massive leaves that have holes called fenestrations, and they would develop aerial roots that can grow up in a mass pole. In addition, it also has a focal point wherever it grows, especially once it matures.

The Swiss cheese plant is one that is known for its massive leaves with holes are always eye-catching, and it also shows its big holes help the plant survive in its natural habitat of the rainforests, where it faces strong winds and heavy downpours. And in spring, you would start seeing its flowers with whitish colored spathe with a spadix in the center.

When you grow this plant make sure that you would provide plenty of direct light but not direct sunlight, and also ensure the humidity is average to high. You should also give it the right soil, which would be a rich one that is well-draining soil.

8. Persian Cyclamen

Persian Cyclamen

  • White veins 
  • Comes in different shades of pink 
Notable features 
  • Leaves are beautiful
  • Has a sweet aroma 
Common names
  • Sowbread
  • Persian violet
  • Alpine violet
  • Keep the soil well moisturized
  • Grows in cool environment
  • May face root rot when overwatered

Persian cyclamen has a rich history that symbolizes love and heartfelt affection. It is a flowering herbaceous perennial growing from a tuber. It is very popular with florists, commonly called the Florist’s Cyclamen.

Not only that, but it is known to have various shades of pink, white, and red, in addition to having a white vein pattern that looks almost hand-painted. Some have also claimed that this plant resembles the old-fashioned heart-shaped cards with scalloped edges.

It would bloom seasonally with sweetly scented flowers every winter to spring, in addition these little flowers would bloom to white, pink, magenta, pink, or lavender colors.

It would be best growing in a cool environment between 55 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit, in addition to being located in USDA zones 9 to 11, and it is one that prefers well-drained soils and bright indirect sunlight. What you should do is avoid watering the plant’s crown as it may result in the tubers rotting, in addition, deadhead the spent flowers to encourage more blooming.


Plants with heart-shaped leaves are beautiful to look at and to grow around your home. These plants are an excellent gift for valentines day or your loved ones. Before starting on these plants, here are a few things to remember

  • Most of these plants do well indoors with simple care and can be an excellent reminder of love and success each day.
  • The sweetheart plants can be used as statement plants or for focal points to brighten a room or garden
  • Our top choices for heart-shaped plants include the swiss cheese plant, heart leaf fern, hoya kerrii, and arrowhead plant, which are easy to grow.

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