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Heartleaf philodendron
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A species of Philodendrons
Botanical name : Philodendron hederaceum Genus : Philodendrons

Heartleaf philodendron, A species of Philodendrons
Botanical name: Philodendron hederaceum
Genus: Philodendrons
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Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)

Description

Philodendron hederaceum is an evergreen climbing plant originating from the West Indies. It is a widely cultivated houseplant, famous for its glossy, heart-shaped leaves, hence the common name heartleaf philodendron. It contains calcium oxalate crystals, so it can be mildly toxic when ingested.
Plant Type
Herb, Vine
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
White
Green
Leaf Color
Green
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General Info

Name story

Heartleaf philodendron
Many people like to make this plant as an ornamental potted plant. Its unique heart-shaped leaves seem like they are expressing "love" all the time. The word, philodendron is derived from philódendros meaning "loving trees", so it is called heartleaf philodendron.

Symbolism

Health, abundance, growth, love of nature

Usages

Garden Use
Heartleaf philodendron is most often grown as a houseplant. However, you can grow it in outdoor gardens in warm climate zones where temperatures do not go below 4 ℃. The attractive, heart-shaped leaves, which sometimes turn bonze-colored when they first emerge, make this plant valuable for background interest.

Is the heartleaf philodendron poisonous for humans?

While the heartleaf philodendron may be a popular houseplant, its main downside is its toxicity when consumed, with all parts of the plant causing classic symptoms of poisoning in humans and animals.

Is heartleaf philodendron poisonous to all animals?

Heartleaf philodendron is mildly toxic to horses while highly dangerous to cats and dogs when ingested. Keep all your pets away from heartleaf philodendron.

Toxicity

All parts of the heartleaf philodendron plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, which are released into the mouth when the plant is bitten or chewed. Although the leaves do not look particularly appealing to eat, the berries that this plant produces can be quite the temptation to kids.
Ingesting any part of the plant causes the calcium oxalate crystals to penetrate into the tissues in the mouth, resulting in immediate pain, along with a strong burning sensation. This is usually followed by swelling in the mouth, lips, tongue and throat, making it difficult to speak, swallow and breathe. In severe cases, the swelling can be life-threatening. Touching the sap from the plant can also cause skin and eye irritations.

Toxicity in Animals

Although the heartleaf philodendron is toxic to all animals, it is often household pets that are most affected, since the plant is usually kept as a houseplant. The calcium oxalate crystals in the heartleaf philodendron that are toxic to humans affect animals in the same way. Oral irritation, along with pain and swelling in the tongue, mouth and lips are the most common symptoms, with many animals also showing signs of excessive drooling. Vomiting is something else to look out for, although horses don’t experience this symptom.
Symptoms vary depending on how much of the plant has been consumed, with large amounts leading to convulsions and renal failure.

Potential Risks

The heartleaf philodendron produces clusters of berries that ripen to a vibrant red. Due to how delicious they look, children and animals are often tempted to sample some of these toxic fruits.

How to Control it

Although the heartleaf philodendron only grows to about 91 - 122 cm tall, the vines spread quickly in width, even in low light and with little care. Whether you keep it as a houseplant or grow it outside, the heartleaf philodendron can be pruned in the spring or fall to keep it under control. The tiny seeds that the plant produces need very specific conditions in order to germinate, meaning that you do not need to worry about this plant self-seeding and becoming invasive. If you have kids or pets around, this is a plant best grown in a container out of reach, to protect them from the plant’s toxicity.

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