Bringing the Outdoors Indoors: Arrowhead Vine

One of the most common houseplants, arrowhead vine features distinctly arrow-shaped leaves (hence the moniker). Unlike a lot of plants, there are many different varieties from which to choose. Most have variegated foliage; depending on variety, the leaves may be green with white markings or bronzy-green with pink tones. Young plants form a mound about a foot high, but stems begin to vine as they mature, so you can grow them upright on a pole or let them trail in a hanging basket.

By the way, you may also see this plant sold as Nepthytis.

Why We Love It: The colorful leaves keep their variegation -- even in low-light spots, so this is a top pick for dressing up just about any corner of your home.

Name: Syngonium podophyllum

Growing Conditions: Low to medium light; 60-75 degrees F.; keep evenly moist

Size: To 3 feet tall and wide

Note: All parts of this plant can cause irritation of the lips, tongue, and throat if eaten or chewed by pets or children.