Philodendron with flowers

Wild split-leaf philodendron flowering in central Mexico

Monstera deliciosa or philodendron pertusumare is a tropical vine native to Mexico and Central America. It has large, glossy dark green leaves distinctive for their lovely pattern of oval holes and deep long cuts from the edges. They grow under the canopy in subtropical and tropical climates in both rainforests and those areas that are only seasonally wet and also go through a dry season. For all these reasons they have long been a popular … >> read more

Happy Sleepy, a stuffed toy made by Magda Wojtyra, posed with matching plants with pink dots on the leaves.

Polka dot plant, Hypoestes phyllostachya

A patch of the wonderful though intrusive polka dot plant, Hypoestes phyllostachya, grows in a shady bit of jungle at the edge of a garden in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The plant has distinctive coloring with bright pink dots on its smooth, glossy, dark green leaves. This Happy Sleepy was a perfect match.