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Philodendron scandens

Sweetheart plant

  • Botanical name: Philodendron scandens
  • Common name: Sweetheart plant
  • Family: Araceae
  • Plant Type: House plant, Evergreen
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With its glossy, heart-shaped leaves, Philodendron scandens, or sweetheart plant, is a popular choice for the home. It’s a versatile, air-purifying, house plant which can be trained to trail or climb. It can reach heights of up to 4m in 5-10 years, with the leaves reaching lengths of up to 30cm. Mature plants may produce green and white flowers.


For best results grow Philodendron scandens in medium light, but it will also tolerate bright or shady spots. Avoid direct sunlight which can scorch the leaves. Keep the soil moist, only watering when the top layer of soil has dried out to avoid overwatering. Philodendron scandens thrives in humid environments so mist occasionally to help maintain humidity. Feed once a month in spring and summer.


Philodendron scandens is toxic to humans and animals and can cause skin irritation so take care when handling.

Advice on buying Philodendron scandens

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  • Philodendron scandens may be available from your local garden centre or nursery, but you will have more options online
  • Always check plants for signs of damage or disease before planting

Where to buy Philodendron scandens

How to grow Philodendron scandens

  • Plant size

    4m height

    100cm spread

  • Plant care: Avoid strong sunlight, brightspot-not direct sunlight, mist leaves regularly, needs a humid spot/position

Philodendron scandens and wildlife

Philodendron scandens has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Philodendron scandens poisonous?

Philodendron scandens is harmful if ingested, irritates eyes and irritates skin.

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Toxic to Cats

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Toxic to People

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No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

Plants that go well with Philodendron scandens