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THE RETRO INDOOR PLANT YOU NEED RIGHT NOW
In the 1970s houseplant boom it was known as the Arrowhead plant and sold as nephthytis. Re-named syngonium, this low-maintenance beginner’s plant is back on everyone’s wishlist, pulled from a back catalogue and presented afresh for a new generation to nurture.
Why they’re back
Care factor plus
Need to know
These plants produce calcium oxalate crystals, which can be toxic to pets/kids if consumed. It’s wise to wear gloves and glasses when pruning as the sap can burn and cause skin to blister. Find more tips at Instagram’s @rootdplants Syngoniums are enjoying a revival thanks to the increased popularity of aroids among collectors, says Lisa Day, of Root’d Plants. There are more than 40 varieties, and flash new cultivars such as ‘confetti’ and syngonium podophyllum variegate (right) are winning fans. A syngonium’s only real desire in life is to climb (a totem or stick will do) or try a hanging basket Provide well-drained soil, an occasional water and full shade. You’ll enjoy explosive growth and, according to NASA, purified air. She will tolerate low-light areas, but rotate often. Keep inside or in a pot if outdoors — she will out-compete natives.