Red shield plant

Queen of hearts; Homalomena rubescens

Why we love Jim

Don’t let those extravagant looks fool you into thinking he’s high-maintenance. He could not be easier to take care of.

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

It’s a good idea to put him somewhere with plenty of room around him, because he really likes to spread out.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Homalomena rubescens


Queen of hearts; shield plant

Air purifying


Plant height


Pet/Child friendly

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’.

Need a pot? Fits great in: