Swiss cheese plant gets its funny name from holes that naturally develop in the plant’s leaves as they mature. The holes give the leaves the appearance of sliced Swiss cheese, but in nature they allow water and sunlight to flow through to lower parts of the plant. Monstera is native to the tropical rainforests of Central and South America where it climbs into the trees so the ability for air to flow through the foliage also helps keep strong tropical winds from pulling the vines down.
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.