Plant Type
Sunlight Amount


Arrowhead Vine

Bring a room to life with the foliage of arrowhead vine, which is also called nephthytis. Every few weeks, arrowhead vine unfurls medium green variegated leaves splashed with white, cream, silver, pink, or purple. The splashy good looks last even in low light. Grow several different types of arrowhead vine and celebrate the unique coloration of this group of easy-to-grow plants.

genus name
  • Syngonium podophyllum
plant type
  • 6 to 12 inches
  • 1 to 3 feet
  • From 6 inches to 3 feet
foliage color
  • 10
  • 11

Arrowhead Vine Care Must-Knows

Grow arrowhead vine in low- or medium-light spots. Rooms with east-facing windows and small windows usually provide plenty of light for arrowhead. It can also be grow in bright light if it is not exposed to multiple hours of direct sunlight in hot-summer climates. When left in direct sun too long, this plant develops sunburn, which appears as bleached areas on the leaves.

Water arrowhead vine when the soil begins to dry. It grows best in moist soil but languishes in soil that is soggy. Arrowhead vine generally does not need fertilization. If growth slows significantly in spring or summer, fertilize with a houseplant fertilizer per label directions. Do not fertilize arrowhead vine in winter.

Arrowhead will grow as an upright plant for several months before developing vining stems. Simply prune back the vining stems (at any time) to 6 to 8 inches above the soil line to encourage the plant to maintain a full, bushy habit. If not pruned, it will become a climbing vine you may want to train on a trellis.

More Varieties of Arrowhead Vine

'Allusion Berry' arrowhead vine

This variety of Syngonium podophyllum' has arrowhead-shape bronzy leaves with a wash of pink along veins and leaf margins.

'Arrow' arrowhead vine

Syngonium podophyllum 'Arrow' is a compact green and white form with abundant creamy variegation.

'White Butterfly' arrowhead vine

This cultivar turns nearly white in bright light. At lower light levels it shows strong green and white variegation.