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Philodendron erubescens

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Philodendron (fil-oh-DEN-dron) (Info)
Species: erubescens (er-yoo-BESS-kens) (Info)

11 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade
Full 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:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ricntrudy On Oct 12, 2007, ricntrudy from Orange City, FL wrote:

We acquired this plant at a Garage sale approx 12 yrs ago when we were in Pasco County. We have been caring for it and at one point 2-3 yrs ago we repotted and gained the second plant and now after all the nurturing it has decided to favor us with Blooms.
Original has one bloom and is throwing a new leaf.
Junior will have three blooms and is also throwing a new leaf.
Needless to say we are astounded and overjoyed. I am not surprised as my sweet wife has two Orchids in bloom as well.
As to the bloom, the same as in your photo hoowever ours seems to have red dots on the white stalk.Thanks, RicnTrudy


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

Bellflower, California
Miami, Florida
Orange City, Florida
Hana, Hawaii

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