With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, lots of things come to mind…cupids, bows, arrows, hearts…lots and lots of hearts! That’s why I decided to gather up 7 plants with heart shaped leaves to share with you.
These plants make great gifts for Valentine’s Day or really any day of the year. Their special leaves are a great way to say “I love you,” and they will live long past the special day you are celebrating.
1. Monstera Deliciosa
First on the list is the Monstera deliciosa. Easy to find in just about any nursery or shop that sells plants, the monstera deliciosa is a great choice, if you’re looking for heart-shaped leaves. More mature plants will have more fenestration (i.e., holes/slits) in their leaves, which gives it the popular monstera silhouette.
Because they are quite common, they’re also very reasonably priced and are great for someone new to caring for plants.
Next on the list are Anthuriums. They are another common, but beautiful plant in nurseries and plant shops. The flowers come in a variety of colors, including red (pictured above), pink, white, and purple. Not only are their leaves heart shaped, but their flowers are heart shaped too.
This is another reasonably priced plant that comes in a variety of sizes. They’re also fairly easy to care for.
3. String of Hearts
Third, we have the String of Hearts on our list of 7 plants with heart shaped leaves. String of Hearts is a beautiful and delicate plant that will continue to give hearts as it grows. It’s a trailing succulent known for its tiny hearts.
Prices will vary depending on the size of the plant and where you’re buying it from. My 4″ pot was $10 here in Hawaii. These plants take a little extra care, particularly when it comes to making sure they don’t get too much water.
4. Heart Fern
Fourth, we’ve got the unique and adorable Heart Fern. With a mix of leaves that look like arrowheads and ones that look like hearts, this is another great choice. Heart ferns also have interesting, wire-like stems that add to their remarkable look.
Heart ferns like moist and humid conditions, but like all of the plants on this list, they will suffer root rot with too much water.
5. Hoya Kerrii
The Hoya Kerrii may be the most boldly heart-shaped leaf in the bunch. As pictured on the left, it is common to see them sold as single or double leaves. This can be very cute and used as a decorative piece that will look healthy and green for a long time. However, I found out soon after purchasing mine that these don’t really grow.
You need to buy a plant like the one pictured on the right, if you want to see new hearts grow and develop over time. The Hoya Kerrii is fairly easy to care for, and I’ve seen growth in my plant in a fairly short period of time.
6. Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole
The last 2 plants on this list are both philodendrons. The Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole’s leaves look more like hearts when they are bigger. The plant is unique because of its fuzzy stems.
There isn’t much information online about these plants, but I found one at Ko’olau Farmers, a popular plant shop on O’ahu. This would probably be appreciated by someone who’s more of a plant collector or likes unique plants.
7. Philodenron Gloriosum
Last, we have the Philodendron Gloriosum. This would be considered one of the grandaddies of all the hearts. The leaves grow quite large and are magnificent, especially if you can keep them free from scratches or imperfections.
On this list, they’re the most expensive and would probably be appreciated by a plant collector who knows what they are and is looking to add one to their collection. The plant grows quite large, so the owner should be wiling to repot when necessary and give it the appropriate soil and care.
Hopefully this gets you in the plant-shopping mood! To finish off your special gift, you might want to find a decorative pot and card to accompany your special plant. I’ll put clickable affiliate links to some of my favorite planters and plant themed cards from Etsy below.
You may also be interested in my Houseplant Coloring Pages and E-book Companion if you’re shopping for a plant lover, or if you’re a plant lover yourself!
If you’re on O’ahu, I will put the names and links to some of my favorite places to buy plants below:
Happy plant shopping!