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PlantFiles: Philodendron
Philodendron 'King of Spades'

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Philodendron (fil-oh-DEN-dron) (Info)
Cultivar: King of Spades
Additional cultivar information: (aka Ace of Spades)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

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
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive schhdogs On Jun 23, 2008, schhdogs from Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:

My mother-in-law gave me a cutting from her plant and it grew easily. She had them in clay pots in a row on a plant ledge in the vaulted ceiling portion her home. The vines hung downward and made a beautiful living wall decoration. Does well indoors. Outdoors requires protection from too much sun and cold.

Positive punaheledp On Jul 15, 2004, punaheledp from Kailua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

I got 1 as an apt plant maybe 18-20 yrs ago. Very nice as a potted plant. I kept it in it's pot when I got my house until about 10 yrs ago, I let it grow out into a plantbed and keep it contained to an area about 8'x2'. No idea how long the vine is, I let it fold over onto itself, cutting it back a bit occasionally. It would climb if I gave it a chance. It doesn't grow as quickly as my other philodendron so it is easy to keep in it's area. It gets a good amount of sun, but also gets more water where it is than a lot of the rest of my garden.

Positive katwoman77 On Apr 9, 2004, katwoman77 from Hanover, PA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Excellent plant, strong grower, new leaves open an orange red shade and fade to deep green with age. Some leaves with have red on the tips or be outlined in red.


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

Miami, Florida
Titusville, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Kailua, Hawaii

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