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PlantFiles: Variegated Spade Leaf Philodendron
Philodendron domesticum 'Variegatum'

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Philodendron (fil-oh-DEN-dron) (Info)
Species: domesticum (doh-MESS-tik-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegatum

Synonym:Philodendron tuxla

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

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Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

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:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By air layering

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive gothqueen On Nov 6, 2008, gothqueen from Gainesville, FL wrote:

An (eventual) huge growing philodendron. Leaves can reach a length of over 2 feet, overall plant height ??? Very vigorous, very aggressive, requires a large sturdy totem. Not suitable as a long term houseplant

Neutral miamimax On Mar 5, 2005, miamimax from Miami, FL wrote:

This should probably be named 'albo maculata' instead of albo variegata. It exhibits the more commonly seen form of 'splotched' type variegation, but also has the 'paint-splattered' speckles of white variegation (maculated) over-lying the entire leaf.This is almost always sold as Philodendron Ilsmannii, which it is not. This is a 'sport' which was discovered in Mexico. It has yet to be properly classified.The leaves are 'hastate', so I am describing it by its latin descriptive for purposes of distinguishing it from other variegated philos similar in appearance.

Positive NativePlantFan9 On Sep 27, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Also called Elephant Ear Philodendron. Originates from Brazil. Variety of common, non-variegated species. A great houseplant in hanging pots.

Positive punaheledp On Jul 30, 2004, punaheledp from Kailua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

I allowed this to grow out of it's planter, and of course the leaves and vine went from petite to huge. It would undoubtedly become invasive and take over a large area, climb over the wall and into my neighbors yard if I didn't chop it back every few months, but I keep it in a semi-contained area and do like the lush look and contrast to other plants in the area...


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

Tuskegee, Alabama
Kailua, Hawaii
Cincinnati, Ohio

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