Heart-leaf philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum), commonly known as the sweetheart plant, is an evergreen foliage plant native to tropical regions of South and Central America and the West Indies. It is a popular houseplant, offering year-round beauty and easy care. The leaves are dark green but when they first emerge they're often bronze-colored, giving this plant plenty of visual interest. On rare occasions, a mature plant may produce small greenish-white flowers.
In addition to occasional watering and repotting once it outgrows its container, the only care needed is regularly pruning trailing stems. Pruning promotes growth and keeps the long vining stems looking full and leafy, but even this is optional if you want your plant to roam.
This plant does best in bright, indirect light, so choose an indoor location that does not receive direct sunlight.
All philodendron species contain calcium oxalate crystals that can cause mouth irritations and digestive upset in humans1and pets.