Philodendron 'Rojo Congo'

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Philodendron (fil-oh-DEN-dron) (Info)
Cultivar: Rojo Congo
Additional cultivar information:(PP14116)
Hybridized by Osiecki
Registered or introduced: 2001


Tropicals and Tender Perennials


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:



Grown for foliage


Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Corte Madera, California

Oceanside, California

San Francisco, California

Stockton, California

Daytona Beach, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami Beach, Florida

Geismar, Louisiana

Gonzales, Louisiana

Wylie, Texas

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 30, 2014, Yardslave1 from Hollywood, FL wrote:

Grown quite a few of these. They definitely deserve better feedback than what was given to them. I have one planted in a pot under a overhang that didnt receive any water for 1 month in the summer. Plant was fine!!! Provided with the temperature and humidity that these plants love, they will thrive!!! I live in zone 10b so its not an issue for me. I have giant plants planted in the ground that produce quite a few babies if anyone is interested in giving this plant a try. Grows pretty fast most of the year here


On Jan 17, 2011, marksgrdn from Stockton, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

i originally bought this plant from H.D. with no tag as to what it was. thanks to the folks here, i able to give it a name. i kept it on my south facing front porch in the corner, no direct sunlight. grew like gangbusters. then the winter came around. was doing fine til the frost, then it just melted. the leaves turned black and i decided to bring it in before too much more damage. i basically gave it its last rights, some TLC, and low and behold the darn thing came back. now it remains indoors, because i think id be too lazy to pull it back in come winter. has alot of nice leaves, but slow growing and the leaves are not as big as they were outside. i water it about once every 2 weeks if i remember and it thrives well. its very pot bound at the moment, not sure when to transplant.


On Dec 28, 2010, manda314 from Wylie, TX wrote:

I have this as a house plant. It is usually well behaved but goes on an extended death march every winter through no fault of its own. I have to keep it close enough to a space heater so that it doesn't freeze, which also zaps the humidity it requires. It's a balancing act.

These are extremely slow growing when not in absolute perfect conditions. It will look great for you, but if you lose any leaves, it will take ages to replace them. I've had mine for five years, and because of the winter leaf loss, summer leaf replacements, it basically has never grown. The ideal conditions for this guy is a warm bright bathroom. Very beautiful plant.


On Jan 8, 2008, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This self-heading philodendron has large, thick leaves with red petioles and foliage almost burgundy in color.