The hurricane plant, or monstera deliciosa, goes by many names—the swiss cheese plant, Mexican breadfruit plant, split-leaf philodendron (though it’s actually not a philodendron at all)—but by any name, this plant is iconic and a favorite among houseplant fans. Here’s our complete hurricane plant care guide so you can add this gorgeous plant to your collection!

Where do hurricane plants come from?

Hurricane plants are aroids, just philodendrons, pothos, peace lilies, and calla lilies. These plants originate from the tropics of Central America and produce the Mexican breadfruit. 

The most striking feature of hurricane plants is their massive, slotted leaves. No one knows for sure why the leaves have holes, or fenestrations, but one popular theory suggests that these holes help the leaves withstand strong wind and rains while still netting lots of sunlight beneath the rainforest canopy, hence the name “hurricane plant”!

Where to Buy a Hurricane Plant

Luckily, these plants aren’t difficult to find. You may run into some of these plants at big home improvement stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot, or in your local nursery. You can also find hurricane plants online.

You may be able to find mature plants or cuttings locally on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist, but you can also check Etsy and eBay.

Just go to one of these sites and search “hurricane plant,” “swiss cheese plant,” or “monstera deliciosa” and see what comes up!

Here are a few of our favorite Etsy shops for purchasing plants: