18 Plants With Heart Shaped Leaves (Indoor & Outdoor)

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By Bryan Peters

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What comes to your mind when you see a heart-shaped leaf? 

Love, romance?

You’re not alone here!

Beholding heart-shaped leaves invokes deep feelings within us, feels our hearts with warmth, and takes us on a fantasy ride.

In this article, we will be introducing you to some of these adorable plants with heart shaped leaves!

Gifting your special one any of the plants on our list would be a perfect way to let them know how much you cherish them.

Let’s get started!

Indoor and Outdoor Plants With Heart Shaped Leaves

1. Hoya Kerri

Top on our list is this magnificent plant. We love them, particularly for their very bold and robust leaves plus, their very intense green color. 

A single leaf of the Hoya Kerri is enough to make a statement. This explains why they are given out as gifts either single, double, or multiple. 

The plant equally makes very beautiful decorations pieces as well. 

Another plus is the fact that even novices will find the Hoya Kerri very easy to grow as they are low-maintenance plants. 

Let’s take a break from outlining all the positives of this plant and delve into its shortcomings. 

One downside of this plant is that they hardly ever grow new leaves. It takes quite a long time for them to grow and develop new hearts. Hoya Kerri is also nicknamed ‘Valentine plant’ or ‘Sweetheart plant.’

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2. Philodendron gloriosum

A list of heart-shaped leaves without a mention of the Gloriosum is a failure from the get-go. They have leaves that are as large as nothing you have seen.

Gloriosum is a very expensive plant which is quite expected considering the magnificence they exude. An unscathed piece of the Gloriosum is like the most beautiful gift ever.

A point to note is that they grow to be big, very fast therefore, repotting the plant is advised to enable them to grow to their full potential.

3. Heart Fern (Hermionitis arifolia)

From its name, you already know what to expect. This plant is an awesome mix of seemingly heart and arrowhead-shaped leaves.

The beauty that heart fern offers is not limited to just its leaves alone, it transcends to even the stems. Its unique stems that look just like wires add so much beauty to the plant.

Here’s a quick tip: do not overwater the Heart Fern plant as that would make it develop root rot.

4. Philodendron Fuzzy Petiole 

If you’ve never seen big petiole leaves, we’re sure you must be wondering why we have them on our list. This is because the leaves only begin to take the shape of a heart when they grow very big. 

Just like the name, the Philodendron Fuzzy has real fuzzy stems. 

It is not a plant that can readily be seen at just about any plant shop. A plant collector will classify them to be a good buy as they are really rare to come by.

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5. Monstera Deliciosa

The monstera deliciosa has a long line of benefits and distinct features too. One advantage of this plant is that they are readily available for purchase and pocket friendly too. 

They are very sturdy plants, even a novice would still be able to get by when growing them. One distinct feature is the slit and holes (fenestration) which very mature plants spot.

6. Anthurium (Anthurium andraeanum)

The anthurium is well deserving of a spot on our list for obvious reasons. This plant has both leaves and flowers shaped like a heart.

What’s more? They come in an array of beautiful colors and sizes, offering great visual delight in your space. 

The plants are very affordable and easy to grow.

7. String Of Hearts (Ceropegia wood)

The name alone gives you a hint on why they fall into this list. A string of hearts are as beautiful as they come. This trailing plant produces even more heart-shaped flowers as they grow. 

The “string” in its name stands for its long trail – a long trail of pretty and tiny heart-shaped flowers. The size of the plant is one of the factors that usually determine the rate at which you will get it.

 A quick tip from us on caring for them; monitor the plant closely and ensure you do not get overwatered.

8. Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Even a monster will fall in love with this alluring plant with the prominent gold accents speckled all over its greenery. Golden Pothos with the botanical name Epipremnum aureum, are natural climbers, so factor that in when growing them.

You will also find them to be very versatile when used as decorative pieces. All that these easy-care plant needs are sufficient indirect sunlight and a drink when necessary.

9. Ipomoea

Popularly called Morning Glory, this heart-shaped plant is a must-have in your space and a perfect gift to that beloved person.

Ipomoea is a trailing plant. We particularly love how they climb up a trellis and enjoy their delightful blooms that come in many different colors. We also appreciate their versatility. Morning glory makes a stunning appearance when grown outdoors and if used as houseplants. 

They lit up the whole room with their cheerful outlook. You might want to pay strict attention to the right conditions of growth if you intend to use it as a houseplant though. The right conditions include a window that faces south, one in which it can get full sun. 

It is important to make provision for a trellis also for the necessary support the plant needs. You can use any of the closest substitutes to a trellis if you don’t have one.

10. Kalanchoe luciae

From the stables of the Kalanchoe succulent family, we bring you this heart-shaped stunner plant. 

Many people tend not to classify it as a heart-shaped plant because its leaves are a little curved at the tips but, for us here, we do not need to straighten it out before seeing it for what it truly is- an adorable heart-shaped beauty. 

You will find these red-shaped leaves very easy to grow and maintain. They retain a lot of moisture in their very robust leaves, therefore do not water all too often but when it is necessary. 

Many succulents abound but, the Kalanchoe trumps them all, particularly, in terms of style and every other thing that matters.

11. Nephthytis

One striking thing about this plant is its bright rich green color with white thick veins that provides a beautiful contrast. The nephthytis with its botanical name; Syngonium nephthytis is fondly referred to as the elephant or arrowhead plant.

It makes such a bold statement when planted in your space. As creeping plants that they are, one of how you can maintain them and keep them in top shape is by trimming them off when they grow out of control.

 You should also do well by planting them under the temperature level that they prefer- that is, one higher than 60° as well as a high humidity level. With the bright and beautiful colors this native central and south American plant offers, it’s no wonder why we have them on this list.

12. Cyclamen

What we love most about this plant is its colorful bloom that comes in diverse bright colors of red, pink, white, and so on.

Its botanical name is cyclamen persicum. It prefers a moderately cool atmosphere, one that falls between 55 and 70°F, strategic watering, that is, watering only when it is necessary.

You would know it needs a drink when the cyclamen plant feels dry to the touch. Proper care and maintenance of the cyclamen plant will see you rewarded with colorful blooms every year.

13. Philodendron Plowmanii

Take a look at the Gloriosum and Plowmanii and see if you can tell them apart. 

Notice that they have a striking resemblance? Of all the variants of Philodendron, the Plowmanii is the most difficult to come by. It is so rare that most suppliers hardly ever have more than one piece to put up for sale all year.

We are so much in love with the height potential of this plant. It would interest you to know that they can grow up to 8 feet tall and have 12 inches spread. 

Plowmanii are highly priced species of the philodendron however, if you are lucky to come across this prized, rare, and low-maintenance beauty, here are a few tips to follow when taking care of them.

The plants love to be watered sparingly line once or even twice a week. The leaves too need to be misted a few times a week. All these have to be provided for the plant which you will have placed under enough indirect sunlight. Get ready to enjoy the beauty this deep variegated plant has to offer when you see all this.

Outdoor Plants With Heart Shaped Leaves

14. Jack Frost (Brunnera)

It is about time we made mention of outdoor plants with beautiful heart-shaped leaves and we are starting with the most popular one of them all – Jack Frost. Oh! What beauty do these heart-shaped leaves exude? Its silvery streaks are bound to melt the strongest of hearts.

Do you know what is even better? You will find immaculate white leaf coloration as well as bright variants of blue coloration of the brunnera too. With it, you are surely going to be spoilt for choice.

15. Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) 

Also known as ‘Gold heart,’ We know every single plant on this list is heart shaped, but it is somewhat different with the bleeding heart. With the bleeding heart, you are seeing a plant shaped just like how the human heart is.

The plant also offers colorful blooms of white, pink, red, etc and foliage that can be mistaken for a fern. A bleeding heart has an overall mature size of 3 feet. Another sign of its maturity is the spike in the production of flowers in mid to late spring.

Bleeding hearts are prized for their beauty. We cannot seem to get over how magnificent the leaves are with a penchant to match.

16. Hostas (Hostas Hybrid)

Looking for a plant to add a bit of uniqueness to your garden set-up? Try growing the hostas and you will not regret it. 

Its deep green leaf color contrast perfectly well with its lighter green variegation. If you have a very small space and are looking for a heart-shaped plant that can fill up everywhere, the hostas are your go-to plant.

17. Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia Macrophylla)

When the Dutchman’s pipe blooms, which is usually around late spring, they show off green leaves that look just like a smoker’s pipe, hence the name. 

At the same time, you will see them gradually come into a heart shape. 

Another distinct feature of this plant is its impressive trailing habit. It is known to climb as tall as 30 feet and has about a 20 feet spread.

Do you want to know a feature that is better than this? It is the extremely huge leaves that they possess.

18. Katsura (Cercidiphyllum Japonica)

We are wrapping up our list with the good old Katsura tree. We figured it would be an anomaly to leave out its uniquely heart-shaped leaves. We will tell you why they are unique. They spot a sweet bronze color at first, then turn blue-green at a later time. 

When it is the Fall season, you will see its foliage go from yellow to apricot-orange. 

Now to some other distinct facts about this famous tree:

They are a perennial plant, this means that they will go on to live year after year. The shape of the tree is a square pyramid and it has an impressive height and spread size of 40 feet respectively.

Final Note

Oh, how we love a diverse garden. One with plants of different shapes and sizes.

If you have ever thought about incorporating plants with heart-shaped leaves in your plant collection, now is a good time to do so and the varieties outlined above are more than enough to get you started.

Go on and spread the love and warmth that plants with heart-shaped leaves.