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Variegated Monkey Leaf

Monstera adansonii 'Variegata'

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Also known as

Variegated Monkey Mask, Variegated Monstera Monkey Leaf, Variegated Philodendron Monkey Mask, Variegated Adanson's Monstera, Variegated Five Holes Plant, Variegated Mexican Breadfruit Plant

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Full Shade
Moderate care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Variegated Monkey Leaf Overview

Variegated Monstera adansonii is an evergreen, climbing species from the Araceae family. A rare plant to find, this slow-growing specimen is highly sought after by enthusiasts. Commonly known by the names Variegated Monkey Mask or Variegated Monstera Monkey Leaf, after the attractive creamy white and green leaves. The species this variegated plant was developed from is native to tropical rainforests, this mutation can also climb using aerial roots and is classified as an epiphyte. It may be kept indoors as a distinctive foliage houseplant and this is the main reason it is cultivated. Allow to dry out a little between waterings and keep out of direct sunlight. Foliage is mostly whole in young specimens but changes structure with age - developing larger characteristic holes. It produces white arum-like flowers typical of the aroid family, these are rare in cultivation. Can cause stomach upset if eaten and it can also be a skin and eye irritant.

Common problems with Variegated Monkey Leaf

How to propagate Variegated Monkey Leaf


A tip cutting, including at least two leaves, will root in spring, if it is planted in a deep pot containing a moistened equal-parts mixture of peat moss and sand. Enclose the cutting in a plastic bag.


Air layering.


Special features of Variegated Monkey Leaf

Attractive leaves

Attractive foliage plant

Attractive flowers

Plants grown indoors in temperate regions only occasionally produce flowers and fruit.

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Other uses of Variegated Monkey Leaf


Suits a conservatory or light indoor room as an architectural feature houseplant.