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Philodendron hederaceum

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Philodendron (fil-oh-DEN-dron) (Info)
Species: hederaceum (hed-er-AYE-see-um) (Info)
Additional cultivar information: (aka Angra Dos Reis)

Synonym:Philodendron cordatum
Synonym:Philodendron micans
Synonym:Philodendron oxycardium
Synonym:Philodendron scandens

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

12-15 in. (30-38 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:
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

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:
5.6 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

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

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4 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BarryZZZ On Jan 1, 2011, BarryZZZ from Waxhaw, NC wrote:

My family has had one of these plants for over fifty years. I am fiercely reactive to poison ivy and have been for as long as I can remember, my sister got into her sixties before becoming sensitive to the dreadful stuff as a result of a heavy exposure while weeding a flower bed. Some time after that, she re-potted her velvet philodendron and in a day or two a rash quite similar to that of poison ivy appeared on her hands, in a milder form. When I heard of this I tried an experiment, I cut a bit of the vine off and drew a small "X" and an "O" on the inside of my wrist with the juice from the cut end. In two days the rash showed up. I have a strong suspicion the plant contains urushiol or something very much like it. Simply touching it is no problem but I wear gloves for any extensive handling of the lovely thing.

Positive Eishau On Nov 19, 2009, Eishau from South Bend, IN wrote:

I like this plant. I bought two from the local Wal-Mart. They were in bad shape due to overwatering at the store. I've had them now for about two months. They both have recovered! At first I thought something was terribly wrong with them because of the red tint. But after watching them, and looking in books, I realize that is their color. Yea, red is my favorite color. I'm a new gardner and I'm learning alot. Thanks for this site!!!!!

Positive BackyardZoo On Aug 25, 2006, BackyardZoo from Poquoson, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Growing very well in my cubicle-farm office. Took a little while to recover, but now has responded very well to a re-potting with good potting soil. Little other care needed beyond a touch of water each week.

Prefer it over other philodendrons that I've seen both for it's softer, velvety look and because it is much leafier, without so much bare stem between leaves.

Have had a few comments from people thinking the red tint to the leaves was an unhealthy sign, but like the unusual color myself.

Positive IslandJim On Aug 24, 2006, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of my favorite Philodendrons. I have it crawling up a slash pine [Pinus elliottii], and like many of its relatives, its leaves are getting larger the higher it climbs.


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

Grass Valley, California
Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Deland, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Venice, Florida
Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii
Mount Vernon, Illinois
South Bend, Indiana
Deridder, Louisiana
Boston, Massachusetts
Cincinnati, Ohio
Hamburg, Pennsylvania
Gilmer, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas
North Richland Hills, Texas
Odessa, Texas

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