If you know the name philodendron, it quite possibly brings to mind something like our dear old Phil. The climbing philodendron is the most famous of the family, and has been a popular houseplant for decades, but there are around 500 different species in the philodendron family.
They come in all sorts of varieties but they largely have one thing in common: really great leaves. In almost all plants the leaves are heart-shaped. Philodendron is Greek for ‘heart tree’.
You’ll find them all over the world, but they’re mostly native to the Americas and West Indies. This particular philodendron grows outdoors in hotter climes but makes an excellent houseplant. It’s very forgiving of the occasional missed watering and lives contentedly in most light conditions.
Did you know?
The leaves of philodendron are particularly tasty to Venezuelan red howler monkeys. Which is good news if you’ve got any Venezuelan red howler monkeys coming to dinner.