Philodendron Scandens

Heart-leaf; Sweetheart plant

Why we love Phil

He’s very versatile. He’s a terrific tall plant for tight spaces.

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

He comes with a moss pole for support. If he outgrows it, no need to cut him back. Add another moss pole on top and let him keep growing.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Philodendron scandens


Heart-leaf; Sweetheart plants

Plant type

Climber, indoor

Air purifying


Plant height (including pot)


Pet/baby safe

Toxic if ingested

Nursery pot size


About philodendron

Philo means ‘’loving’ in Greek, while dendron means ‘tree’. Which makes this the ‘loving tree’. While that could be because it’s just so easy to like, it’s probably because of its big heart-shaped leaves.

In its natural home in Central America and the Caribbean it’s a fast-growing climber, reaching heights of up to six metres. You’ll find it hanging out on the trunks of other trees. In the home it’s grown up a moss pole, to make it a dramatic, very vertical plant. If you like a big plant but don’t have space for one that spreads out, it’s perfect.

It’s a pretty easy plant to take care of, as long as you give it the right light and water. You can also give it a growth boost by feeding it with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer.

Did you know?

There are 489 different species of philodendron. Gold star to you if you can list them all.