Heart-leaved Houseplants for Valentine’s Day

These 5 Heart-Shaped Houseplants are perfect gifts for someone special.

Show your love and appreciation to someone special this Valentine’s Day with heart-shaped houseplants.

This year, what do you appreciate most? COVID-19 might have stopped many of our social gatherings, but it hasn’t stopped people’s love for collecting plants. This year is the perfect year to get your special someone a heart-shaped houseplant. It will make their home office, kitchen table, or bedroom nightstand that much brighter.

Give these 5 Heart-Shaped Houseplants to say I Love You!

1. String of Hearts

string of hearts
String of hearts (Ceropegia woodii)

When one heart isn’t quite enough, it’s time to bring on an entire plant! A string of hearts (Ceropegia woodii) has trailing stems dotted with small, heart-shaped leaves that are usually green and silver but can sometimes have a touch of pink. This vine loves plenty of sunlight, so place your plant in a south-facing window. For best results, let this succulent dry out between waterings.

2. Heart Leaf Fern

Heart Leaf Fern
Heart leaf fern (Hemionitis arifolia). Photo:

A true charmer for a houseplant enthusiast. The waxy-looking heart-shaped fronds of Hemionitis arifolia look nothing like those of other ferns. It forms a small clump of 2- to 3-inch (5 to 7.5 cm) evergreen leaves. It needs moderate light, average soil moisture, but very high humidity (at least 60% … and 80% is even better). It will likely need to be placed in a terrarium, a bathroom, a greenhouse or other spot where humidity is naturally high.

3. Sweetheart Hoya

Sweetheart Hoya with leaf cutting insert
The true sweetheart hoya (Hoya kerrii) is a growing and, eventually, blooming houseplant. A sweetheart hoya leaf (see insert), however, is just a rooted leaf cutting; a sort of barely living, unresponsive knickknack. Photo:

Also called Valentine plant, sweetheart hoya (Hoya kerrii) is a popular gift around Valentine’s Day because of its heart shape. You’re most likely to see a single rooted heart-shape leaf in a little pot. Cute enough, but it will never grow, but rather will just sit around and gather dust before dying a few years later. You’d do better to choose an actual sweetheart hoya plant, with a stem and a few leaves. It will grow and eventually produce vining stems and clusters of beautiful star-shaped flowers. This succulent plant doesn’t need much water and will grow in low light.

4. Anthurium

Anthurium (Anthurium andraeanum)

This tropical beauty will charm anyone. The heart-shaped leaves on this anthurium (Anthurium andraeanum) are a perfect match to the bright flowers, also heart-shaped, mostly in flashy reds or pinks. This popular houseplant grows in bright, indirect light. What about on a nightstand table? Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this? Make sure to water it whenever the soil has dried out. Other than that, enjoy its fantastic flowers.

5. Heart Leaf Philodendron 

Heart Leaf Philodendron
Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)

Last on our list, another heart! This easy-to-grow philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum) is perfect anywhere. Its heart-shaped leaves create a dense canopy in a pot or insert a wooden pole to create a stunning climber. Keep it in part shade and out of direct sunlight and avoid cold conditions.

Appreciate those around you (or yourself) by gifting any of these heart-shaped houseplants!

It’s a perfect way to say, “I Love You”!

This post on 5 Heart-Shaped Houseplants to give to someone special at Valentine’s Day was originally provided as an educational/inspirational service of the National Garden Bureau. Some plant choices were modified by Larry Hodgson. Photos are from the National Garden Bureau unless otherwise identified.

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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