Philodendron Little Hope

Tree philodendron; Horse head philodendron

Why we love Russell

His dense, vibrant foliage really cheers up a room. He’s an easygoing guy who requires very little care.

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

A dose of liquid fertiliser once a month in spring and summer will give him a growth boost. He won’t need it in winter.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Philodendron selloum


Philodendron Little Hope; Tree philodendron; Horse head philodendron

Air purifying


Plant height


Pet/Baby safe

Poisonous if eaten

Nursery pot size


About Philodendron Little Hope

As you might guess from the name, this is a miniature version of a plant called Philodendron hope, or Philodendron selloum. In its native habitat in South America, Philodendron hope can grow enormous. It might reach four-metres tall and two-metres wide, with leaves almost a metre long. Philodendron Little Hope, which is almost exclusively grown as a houseplant, stays much more compact.

Little Hope is unusual among philodendron because it doesn’t have heart-shaped leaves (In greek, Philodendron means ‘heart plant’). Instead, it has big, shiny serrated leaves. Different but equally gorgeous.

It’s an easy-care houseplant, requiring little more than some good light and a drink every week or so.

Did you know?

A Philodendron selloum can flower but it takes around twenty years before a plant is mature enough to blossom.