Butterfly Plant, Arrowhead Plant (Nephthytis podophyllum)

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Plant Details

Category: Houseplants
Light: Medium Light
Bloom Season:
Height: 12-15" / 
30-38cm
Space: 15-18" / 
38-46cm
Zones: 11, 12
Lowest Temp: 60° to 80°F / 
16° to 27°C
Colors: Grown for foliage

Basic Care

Water thoroughly but allow soil to dry slightly between waterings. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly during active growth. Dust or wipe off leaves for best display.

Water

Allow soil to dry between thorough waterings.

Soil

All-purpose mix.

Feed

Once every month during growing season.

cascading plants

Cascading

Heat Tolerant

Ornamental Foliage

Containers

hanging baskets

Hanging Baskets

Features

Arrow to heart shaped leaves make this a nice selection for mixing with plants with simpler foliage. Most varieties have some variegation to the leaves, adding a spark of brightness with their green and white contrast. Watering should be reduced in winter months.

Uses

Looks great spilling over container edges. Very decorative on a small table or in a hanging basket. May be displayed outdoors in warmer weather.

Butterfly Plant, Arrowhead Plant (Nephthytis podophyllum) Care Guide

Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.

Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.

Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Remove the plant from its pot.

Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in a reliably sunny location.

Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots.

Prefers moist but well-drained soil. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.

Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet.

Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space.

Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.

Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.

Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long.

Companion/Combination Plants

2 Comments

  1. Deanne Robison

    What ferns can be grown near black walnut trees? Can I grow lilac or butterfly plants be grown near the trees?

    Reply
    • My Garden Life

      Hi Deanne,
      We found an extensive list of plants that are juglone-tolerant published by the Ontario (Canada) Ministry of Agriculture and Food that you should find very helpful in answering this question and getting ideas for other plants you can place near black walnut trees. You can open the page HERE.

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