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PlantFiles: Split-leaf Philodendron
Monstera deliciosa 'Variegata'

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Monstera (mon-STER-uh) (Info)
Species: deliciosa (de-lis-ee-OH-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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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

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JGrapevine On Apr 15, 2012, JGrapevine from Lawrenceville, GA wrote:

I bought a cutting of this plant a few years ago. Its very easy to grow and has reached about 4 ft tall in that short amount of time. The only thing is I bought a variegated monstera and only the first few leaves have white in them. All the new growth is solid green. What happened? Does anyone know? I like the plant a lot, I just wanted it to be variegated.

Positive pg2116 On Jul 9, 2005, pg2116 from Houston, TX wrote:

This beauty was in my small patio yard when I moved in 16+ years ago. It has grown so large that it is top heavy and needs propping up to keep it from falling to the ground. Does anyone know if a pruning back of the trunk will kill it or if it will continue to leaf and grow?

Neutral miamimax On Mar 4, 2005, miamimax from Miami, FL wrote:

The monstera(s) described are most likely Philodendron Monstera Borsigiana albo variegata. There is only one albo variegata. The 'half white leaf & half green leaf" is the same plant, not a separate cultivar. The mutant tissue travels around the apical meristem and appears on the leaf dependant upon where the mutant tissue is at the time of growth. It is only chance that sometimes the leaf is variegated in this fashion; it can just as easily exhibit the splotched or patchy type variegation described. Oftentimes this variegate will produce entire white leaves as well.

Positive NativePlantFan9 On Feb 28, 2005, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This variety of Monstera deliciosa has attractive, green-and-white splotches and stripes on the leaves. It is a variegated form.

It is useful like the non-variegated, original form for growing indoors or outdoors in zones 10a through 11. It is a vining species and is best for climbing up a moss pole in a container or basket. It can also be useful as a groundcover or spreading, climbing vine outdoors in warm areas, such as south Florida and Hawaii - just like the non-variegated form.

Unlike the 'Albo variegated' type, this type does not have one white side of the leaf and one green side. It is variegated with white and green stripes, spots and splotches all over.


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

Granite Bay, California
Hayward, California
Deland, Florida
Gretna, Louisiana
Broaddus, Texas
Houston, Texas

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