Arrowhead Vine

Syngonium podophyllum

African Evergreen, Goosefoot Plant, Goosefoot Vine, Nephthytis

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Syngonium podophyllum is an evergreen climber from the aroid family, Araceae. It's commonly grown as a houseplant for its attractive foliage. It produces vibrant light green, arrow-shaped young leaves with attractive silver-white venation. The leaves develop into a completely different structure with age. Mature leaves are divided into 3 lobes or 5–9 distinct leaflets and these do not closely resemble the young arrow-shaped leaves. Many cultivars have been developed from this species. They produce arum-like flowers, but rarely in cultivation. Being tropical rainforest plants, they tender and won't cope with freezing temperatures. They are therefore most suitable as conservatory and glasshouse specimens in temperate climates. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Cuttings

Softwood stem cuttings taken from the growing tips or leaf bud cuttings may be rooted in water or soil. Spring-summertime is the ideal time and providing bottom heat can speed up root growth.

Special features

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

Central and South America

Natural climate

Tropical

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Compost, Sand, Chalk

Soil PH preference

Alkaline, Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Araceae

Flower colour

Cream
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