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PlantFiles: Variegated Philodendron
Philodendron ilsemanii

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Philodendron (fil-oh-DEN-dron) (Info)
Species: ilsemanii

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By air 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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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral miamimax On Mar 5, 2005, miamimax from Miami, FL wrote:

I have never seen Philodendron Illsmanii exhibit yellow or golden colored variegation. The photo is of TRUE Ilsmanii ' Youngii' albo variegata. If there is a similar form with yellow variegation, it would be labeled correctly as Ilsmanii aurea variegata. If there would happen to be an even rarer variegated form exhibiting both yellow AND white variegation, it would be labeled simply as 'Ilsmanii variegata'. The leaves of True Illsmanii 'Youngii' albo variegata have very pointed 'ears' and are wider in the center and come to a point at the bottom, the leaves are not 'rounded'. True Illsmanii is a very rare plant and hard to come by. Oftentimes Philodendron Hastatum albo maculata(?) is sold and identified incorrectly as Illsmanii.

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

This is a shrubby or viney, beautiful philodendron with spade-shaped, dark green leaves with lighter green splotches and markings on the pointy, ear-shaped leaves. It is variegated.

It can possibly be grown outdoors in zones 10b through 11. It likes to be grown indoors or in a conservatory.

UPDATE - I corrected my information after seeing the below comment.


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

Miami, Florida
Stuart, Florida

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