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Blushing Philodendron, Red-leaf Philodendron 'Black Cardinal'

Philodendron erubescens

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Philodendron (fil-oh-DEN-dron) (Info)
Species: erubescens (er-yoo-BESS-kens) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Cardinal
Additional cultivar information:(PP5355)
Hybridized by Mccolley
Registered or introduced: 1984


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Patent expired

Propagation Methods:

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

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

By air layering

By stooling or mound layering

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:

Castro Valley, California

Clayton, California

Hayward, California

Bartow, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Lecanto, Florida

Miami, Florida

Geismar, Louisiana

Fairmont, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 1, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent Number 5355 has expired


On Aug 11, 2008, Lace6263 from Fairmont, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:

this is a beautiful container plant in my zone, it likes shaded sunlight, and lots of water. i feed it once every 3 months during the summer, and in the spring i give it a good boost with ironite granules, and place it on a shaded but sunny patio, where it can get the morning and late evening sun.


On Jan 23, 2008, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

From what i can tell,this is the plant i have and it has shocked me by doing fine outdoors all winter in the bay area. Months of nights in the high 30's and days of about 50f have not stressed this glossy, black leafed, short stemmed plant. Unlike the other climbing Philodendrons this one hybrid can take the cold winter months. Very slow grower,but nothing looks like it around here!. Time will tell for sure. Very choice plant outdoors.


On Nov 19, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Large, heart-shaped foliage, prominent petioles, red stems. Spreading, cascading habit. Good in hanging baskets, enjoys low light exposure. Foliage texture is coarse, it has a medium heat tolerance. Allow plant to dry between waterings. Rarely flowers.