Philodendron squamiferum

Hairy philodendron; Fuzzy philodendron

Why we love Gilly

It’s not often a plant’s stems are noteworthy, but look at Gilly’s. Like fuzzy red pipe cleaners. Her leaves are lovely too.

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

Although she’s sold as a pot plant, Gilly also works beautifully as a hanging plant.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Philodendron squamiferm


Hairy philodendron; Fuzzy philodendron

Plant height


Air purifying?


Pet/Baby safe

Toxic if ingested

Nursery pot size


About Philodendron squamiferum

In the rainforests of South America, Philodendron squamiferum can be found climbing high up the trunks of enormous trees. It’s an epiphyte, which means a plant that grows on other plants. It never touches the ground, just keeps on winding higher.

Its leaves can grow up to 25-30cm long, in an unusual, almost violin shape. Most eye-catching are its red, fuzzy stems. It’s not entirely known why they’re covered in little red hairs, but they certainly look extraordinary. Philodendron squamiferm was a popular houseplant in the 1960s and 70s, but fell out of fashion and became very rare for decades. We think it’s highly deserving of a comeback.

In the home, it likes to be moist but not soggy. It can live very well in fairly low light (in the rainforest it’s used to only an hour or so of light per day) and is brilliant for year round colour. Welcome back, Philodendron squamiferm.

Did you know?

Those red stems can also sometimes be a quieter green, presumably in quite shy plants.