Syngonium White Butterfly

Syngonium podophyllum

Size: Small
Pot: Eco Planter
Eco Pot

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  • Pet Warning:Toxic To Ingest

  • Care Level:I'm Easy

  • Overall Size: 4" to 8" W 8" to 10" H

With its heart-shaped foliage, the syngonium white butterfly is both subtle and stunning. It looks great as a potted or hanging plant. As it's a climbing variety, its leaves gently tumble and drape over the edge of the pot. It's easy to care for and super vigorous, so is great if you want to fill some space or practice your propogation.

Plant - Syngonium White Butterfly
Plant - Syngonium White Butterfly

About Syngonium White Butterfly

The Syngonium White Butterfly plant is a highlight plant in Feng Shui. It's shape of five lobed leaves represents the five elements. It's a perfect balance of Yin and Yang energy. It symbolizes springtime, dawning, youth, and new ideas. Stay forever growing and inspired with one of these in every room!

Care Level: I'm Easy

Easy to care for.

Pet Friendly: Warning

Considered to be toxic to pets if ingested.


Native to Mexico and Ecuador, this evergreen climbing vine grows about 3'-6' long, but can easily be kept as a small bush.

Fun Facts

As your plant matures, its leaves change shape drastically, making young leaves and older leaves almost look like they're part of a different plant. A common name for this plant is Butterfly Plant or Arrow-head Plant because of the distinct shape of its love-like foliage.

Plant - Syngonium White Butterfly

Great For Spaces That…

  • Great for spaces with partial shade patios
  • Great for space with a range of low to high indirect light
  • Great for spaces with medium indirect light
  • Great for spaces with shelving or with an upward climbing trellis

Syngonium podophyllum Care Guide

  • Medium

    Prefers medium levels of indirect light.

  • Low

    Water well and then allow the soil to dry out between each watering.

  • Medium

    Enjoys humidity. Spritz occasionally.

  • 60 to 80

    Keep this plant in rooms where the temperature is a comfortable 60°F-80°F and avoid cold drafts below 55°F.

  • 9|10|11

    Outside: Keep it in full shade on a patio out of direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn where nights are above 60°F.

  • Monthly

    Apply at half-strength a balanced, liquid fertilizer especially formulated for indoor plants every month during the growing season between early spring and fall.   A slow release fertilizer can be used as a top dressing instead of a liquid fertilizer.

  • 2 Years

    When receiving the Syngonium White Butterfly plant, do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months or if the roots are beginning to get crowded and growing through the drainage holes. 

    Repot in the spring, using a 2 inches bigger pot to keep the roots drier. (Too big of a pot could cause the soil to dry slower, which is not helpful.) 

    Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow it to drain. Use a well-draining indoor potting mix with perlite to help with drainage. 

    Water your plant in the old pot before transferring over and let it sit an hour.

    Add soil to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen. 

    Inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, cut through the roots to alleviate continued encircling. 

    Ensure the plant is sitting about 1 inch below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over. 

    Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. If settling occurs, add more soil.   

    Water well to dampen the soil and let it drain.

  • Monthly

    When watering your Syngonium White Butterfly, it's an excellent time to trim off any browning, yellowing, or discolored leaves.  Prune back the plant as they grow to encourage a bushier and fuller plant. Use these cuttings to propagate. Remove any debris from the soil and replenish if needed. To clean debris and dust off the leaves:

    Place the palm in a shower or tub.

    Fill a watering can with a shower spout with filtered, bottled, or water free of chlorine and fluoride.

    Shower the leaves, so each one is clear of dust and dirt.

    Let the water drain and replace your arrowhead plant in the decorative container.

  • Cuttings

    Take a young stem cutting between 4-6 inches long with leaves attached with sanitized pruners. 

    Dip the cuttings in water, then in a rooting hormone.

    Use a pot with drainage. and place the stem 1-2 inches down into the  damp, well-draining, moist potting soil mix and tamp down around the stem securing it. 

    Place a clear plastic bag over the cutting to mimic a greenhouse and mist the bag. Set it in bright, indirect sunlight while they are rooting. 

    Check the moisture and humidity each day and add misting to keep the soil moist while the roots establish. 

    After 6-8 weeks, roots will begin to establish. You can tug onto the stem to ensure the roots are secure. Remove the plastic bag and continue to keep the plant's soil damp until rooting has developed.

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