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Philodendron erubescens 'Black Cardinal'

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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1984

One vendor has this plant for sale.

9 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

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:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
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:
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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Editor's Note

Plant Patent Number 5355 has expired
Positive Lace6263 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.

Positive BayAreaTropics 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.

Positive hanna1 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.


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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