A charming Monstera species that is as interesting as it is attractive. This is a vining plant that produces heart-shaped leaves in variegated shades of green. In early stages the plant clings to rocks, trees, or other structures with leaves that lie flat against the surface, slightly overlapping with each other to create an appearance similar to shingles on a roof. As the plant matures the leaves develop the “fenestrations”, or leaf holes, that are typical of many Monstera species and the variegation fades to green. Sometimes commonly referred to as just “shingle plant” but that common name is also shared with certain Rhaphidophora species so confusion can arise if relying on common names for plant identification.
Monstera is native to the tropical rainforests of Central and South America where it climbs by aerial roots into the trees. In a container its best to provide some type of support, such as a trellis or fiber totem that the plant can cling to.
A word of caution; monstera plants contain a substance called calcium oxalate that is toxic to cats and dogs.
Looks beautiful trailing from a hanging basket or grown as a potted plant near a bright window. Can also be grown as a patio plant during the summer and brought indoors for the winter.