Arrowhead or Goosefoot Vine
‘Cream Allusion’, ‘Exotic Allusion’, & ‘Maria Allusion’
Syngonium podophyllum Schott is the correct and accepted scientific name for this Syngonium species. It was named and described by Heinrich Wilhelm Schott in Botanische Zeitung (Berlin) in 1851.
Plants of the World Online lists 33 accepted species of Syngonium.
I bought my first Syngonium podophyllum from Lowe’s in Greenville, Mississippi while living at the mansion in Leland in June 2012. It was labeled ‘Exotic Allusion Nephthytis’. In October I bought two more, ‘Cream Allusion’ and ‘Maria Allusion’. I think the last two were incorrectly labeled but I found the correct name on the Exotic Angel website from Costa Farms. For a while, I thought the ‘Exotic Allusion’ was also mislabeled and was a ‘Plum Allusion’ instead. Now ‘Plum Allusion’ isn’t available.
Nephthytis is a genus of plants native to Borneo and Africa that is unrelated to Syngonium. They were originally confused with one another and they do look quite similar. Many companies still use the common name Nephthytis even though they are not the same plant. Syngonium podophyllum is native to Mexico down to the middle part of South America. Both genera are members of the Araceae family.
Origin: Species native to Mexico down through mid South America.
Zones: USDA Zones 10-12 (° F)
Light: Part shade
I sold the mansion in Mississippi and returned to the family farm in mid-Missouri in February 2013. I gave up around 200 plants but I brought many with me including the three Syngonium podophyllum.
The Syngonium podophyllum is a popular houseplant and they are even grown as landscape ornamental in Florida. They are, after all, members of the Araceae family of Arums like Colocasia, Alocasia, and Caladiums. Being so, care should be taken when handling this plant if you are sensitive to sap with oxalic rawhides. The sap can cause skin irritation and eye damage, just to name a few symptoms.
In my opinion, the Syngonium podophyllum is similar to many species of Philodendron. They look the nicest when they are first brought home, but as they grow they have a tendency to flop or sprawl. Most people are unaware that this plant is actually a vine and buy them because of their beautiful leaves.
Their leaves change shape as they mature. Young leaves are kind of ovate with a heart shaped base and around 5” long. They mature to an arrow shape and can grow around 14” in length.
In the wild, they produce a typical looking aroid-type flower. They rarely flower as a houseplant.
They need regular watering during the spring through summer months but less during the fall and winter. Their soil should be allowed to dry out between watering and excess moisture can cause their roots to rot.
Since this plant will eventually vine, you may want to repot into a hanging pot. They develop and extensive root system, so they should be repotted every spring. They are easily propagated by divisions and cuttings and easily root in water.
Growing the Syngonium podophyllum can be a little frustrating if you think you bought a plant that will stay nice and tidy looking. You can control the size and shape of the plant by cutting off the climbing stems. Regular pruning will keep the plant bushier and the juvenile shaped leaves will be retained.
These plants like high humidity and appreciate regular misting. You can also keep their pots in a tray with pebbles and water to add humidity.
I no longer have these plants, but they were very interesting to grow. Although they will put up with an amount of neglect, they respond much better with adequate care. You just have to realize they will NOT stay the neat and tidy plant you bought them as. Although it will take some time for them to vine, they will sprawl somewhat much sooner.
In all, they make a great houseplant, or one you can put on your patio in a shady area. To much light will cause their leaves to burn.
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