Because he’s used to steamy forests, he likes moist air. A good misting every few days is all he needs.
Most light conditions
He’s a great choice for rooms that don’t get much light as he’s adapted to cope. The one thing he dislikes is harsh sun.
Check his water weekly and give him a drink if the top two inches of soil are dry. He likes his soil slightly moist.
It’s a good idea to put him somewhere with plenty of room around him, because he really likes to spread out.
Queen of hearts; shield plant
Toxic if ingested
Nursery pot size
About Homalomena rubescens
Mostly found in Southern Asia, homalomena rubescens makes its home on the grounds of lush tropical forests. All those huge leaves on long, deep red stems help it reach out and catch as much sun as it can in the shady forest. In the wild, those leaves can grow over 30cm long.
Homalomena has been treasured by the Tamil people of India for over 3,000 years. They value it as a medicinal plant and used for many different ailments. We can’t tell you how to make those treatments and it’s probably best you don’t experiment.
Fending for itself in forests has made it surprisingly tough and it lives happily as a houseplant. It’s used to fairly low light and will make the best of most situations. You can help those red stems and big leaves grow healthily by giving it a feed with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer.
Did you know?
The name homalomena roughly translates from Malayan as ‘flat moon’.