Dwarf Arrowhead Vine/ Goosefoot Plant / Nephthytis/ Butterfly Plant
Syngonium podophyllum 'Pixie'
Hailing from the rainforests of South America, Syngonium are a genus of subtropical climbers that have found there way into many peoples’ homes as houseplants in recent years. Syngonium podophyllum is probably the most popular species, though – in it’s mature form – it’s often too big for most terrariums. That’s where Syngonium podophyllum ‘Pixie’ comes in!
This adorable dwarf variety still stays true to the Arrowhead Vine name with its signature arrow-shaped leaves, but it stays small, compact and fabulous. With a characteristic creamy white variegation in the centre of the leaves and a deep green around the edges, its beautiful colours and shapes are a great addition to any terrarium.
At a Glance
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Syngonium podophyllum 'Pixie' Care & Growth
Syngonium podophyllum ‘Pixie’ is a versatile plant, and it will grow readily in most lighting conditions besides direct sunlight. It’ll thrive in bright, indirect light, but it’ll also manage just fine in low to medium light settings too.
The Arrowhead Vine is very forgiving in terms of watering. It’ll do just fine with regular, even moisture. Though, in the wild they can be found naturally growing in riparian areas near streams and waterfalls, so they’re pretty difficult to overwater as houseplants or in a terrarium.
This hardy and versatile plant can grow in a variety of substrates and growth mediums. As always, good water retention and drainage will work well for use in a terrarium.
Temperature & Humidity
As a native rainforest plant, Syngonium podophyllum with thrive in the warmth and humidity of a closed terrarium environment. Though it’ll probably still grow happily without it.
Syngonium podophyllum ‘Pixie’ remains much more compact than it’s larger houseplant variety, but it’s still a climber and can work its way around a terrarium to a smaller extent.
Syngonium are very easy plants to propagate, and the dwarf varieties are no different. Simply take a stem cutting that already has a couple of leaves and a viable root node, and place it in water for a few weeks till it develops its own root system.
Varieties & Similar Plants
The ‘Pixie’ isn’t the only dwarf variety of Syngonium podophyllum. There’s also a ‘Mini Pixie’ which is a super dwarf variety, and it is truly tiny. Growing up to a maximum size of 3 inches, it still has all the characteristics of the arrowhead vine, just in the neatest possible package.
The difficulty in growing Syngonium podophyllum is usually keeping its growth in check. The slow creeping nature of the mature Arrowhead Vine means it can get a bit leggy and floppy as it inches further and further away from the central plant. Thankfully, the more compact nature of the ‘Pixie’ variety means this isn’t really a problem.