10 Gorgeous Plants with Heart-Shaped Foliage

What better way to express your love than with a living, breathing symbol of your affection? Heart-shaped foliage plants are a beautiful and unique gift that will leave your special someone breathless. These stunning plants not only outlast cards or chocolates but also serve as a constant reminder of your love and thoughtfulness.

Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’

Cercis 'Forest Pansy'

This versatile tree features large, heart-shaped leaves that come in deep velvety green or rich velvety purple during the summer. In autumn, the foliage transforms into vibrant yellows, oranges, reds, and purples. Other varieties of Cercis also boast these wonderful heart-shaped leaves.

Philodendron

Philodendron

With hundreds of varieties, Philodendron offers some truly mesmerizing heart-shaped leaves. The cordatum or scandens species, in particular, showcase this unique leaf shape, making them perfect for indoor settings or humid climates.

Monstera deliciosa

Monstera deliciosa

These beautiful indoor plants are a popular favorite. In Melbourne, they are predominantly grown indoors but can also thrive on an outdoor patio or in a semi-sheltered garden spot, as long as frost or extreme cold doesn’t pose a threat. The young leaves start off in a heart shape and gradually develop natural holes, known as leaf fenestrations. Another similar variety is the Rhaphidophora tetrasperma or ‘Mini Monstera,’ which shares the same growth pattern, only on a smaller scale. The Silver Monstera is also worth mentioning, with elongated heart-shaped leaves splashed with silver.

Alocasia ‘Elephant Ear’

Alocasia 'Elephant Ear'

Nothing compares to the grandeur of the Elephant Ear plant. With its enormous leaves resembling elephants and hearts, this stunning variety requires a moist but well-drained soil and protection from extreme heat and cold.

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Syngonium

Syngonium

Similar to Alocasia, Syngonium features elongated heart-shaped leaves, reminiscent of an elephant’s ear but much smaller in size. These captivating indoor plants come in various shapes and colors, making them a perfect gift for that special someone.

Hemionitis Heart Fern

Hemionitis Heart Fern

True to its name, this hardy little fern produces an abundance of heart-shaped leaves, creating a dense mat of hearts. It thrives in well-lit indoor pots or sheltered outdoor fern gardens.

Anthurium

Anthurium

Anthurium brings a double dose of love with both heart-shaped leaves and flowers. Available in red and white varieties, they make the perfect declaration of love to that special someone.

Ceropegia ‘Chain of Hearts’

Ceropegia 'Chain of Hearts'

This succulent is known for its long, trailing strands of adorable little hearts, making it a favorite among succulent enthusiasts and hanging basket plant lovers alike. With proper lighting, it can thrive indoors or outdoors, as long as it receives occasional rainfall or watering.

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Often chosen as a gift for Mother’s Day, Cyclamen produces tall, colorful flowers in shades of pink, purple, red, and white. Above these vibrant blossoms, silver-veined heart-shaped leaves add an extra touch of elegance. Compact and versatile, they can be grown both indoors and outdoors.

Brunnera

Brunnera

Brunnera, an exquisite outdoor plant, forms clumps of silver and green heart-shaped leaves in partially shaded gardens. Its unique foliage alone is enough to make it a standout feature.

Honorable Mention

While the previous ten plants steal the show, a few others deserve an honorable mention for their wonderfully heart-shaped foliage.

Hoya kerrii

Hoya kerrii: This adorable indoor plant boasts trailing heart-shaped foliage and is relatively easy to care for.

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Sweet Violet

Sweet Violet or Native Violet: Although not strictly heart-shaped when young, the mature leaves form a lovely carpet of heart-shaped foliage with striking purple varieties available.

Morning Glory

Morning Glory: While the leaves are heart-shaped, this vine should be approached with caution. Its vigorous growth and invasiveness can quickly take control of your garden.

Surprise your loved one with a heart-shaped foliage plant that will stand the test of time. Whether it’s a Cercis ‘Forest Pansy,’ Philodendron, or Monstera deliciosa, each of these plants will serve as a living testament to your love and thoughtfulness. Don’t wait for a special occasion; gift them with nature’s heart today!

For more plant options and information, visit Ames Farm Center.