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With philodendrons I have little ability to truly separate one from another. I have put the most likely information I have with the photograph that seemed right, but don't take this as gospel. If you can send me any helpful information I will be very appreciative.

Blushing Philodendron, Red Leaf Philodendron Philodendron erubescens
This is another of the tree hugging climbing plants that make a tropical garden so vibrant. I think philodendrons got a bad name as boring plants that would survive anything in city offices. That reputation is very undeserved when you see these beauties in action in their own environments.
From: South America
Planting and Care: Like most members of this extraordinary family, plant the blusher in a bright shady area next to a tree that will be its partner in life. Keep the soil continuously moist, but not wet.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2010 and 2014

Photographed: At the Hotel San Buenaventura on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.


Photographed: In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in July of 2010.

Photographed: In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in July of 2010.

Cut Leaf Philodendron (1), Fruit Salad Plant Philodendron radiatum or Monstera deliciosa or Philodendron pertusum
In most northern climates, philodendrons are used as "just can't kill it" plants in offices often where there is no light, in apartment building entryways where it is relatively dark and no one waters them. I always felt bad for these plants as I passed by, and never wanted one of my own. Now that we live and usually also travel in warm all year climates, these plants have taken on a whole new character. They are lush and grow virulently with very little care and many of the philodendrons are spectacular like the one pictured on the left.
I have a great deal of difficulty distinguishing one from another and so always look for something special in a particular plant. This one has little holes only near the rib line of the leaf.
Photographed: In August 2009, at the Rancho Grande Inn in Panajachel, Guatemala. They have beautiful grounds and if you are curious about the hotel here is a link to their web site:
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2009/2010

Cut-leaf Philodendron (2), Tree Philodendron, Self-header Philodendron, Split leaf Philodendron Philodendron selloum syn. P. bipinnatifidum
This is a spectacular philodendron with deep green virulently growing huge crinkled leaves -- about 18 to 24 inches stem to stern. I had one when living in Rhode Island that occupied a devoted 20 square feet of my very sunny living room. It was extremely happy, but with all the other plants I sometimes felt a little crowded.
Benefits: These are considered among the best plants for clearing indoor spaces of formaldahyde.
From: South America
Photographed: At the Hotel San Buenaventura on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala where we spent several months in 2010.
Planting and Care: Decent soil in a brightly lit but not sunny garden area and routine watering will keep this wonder growing well -- maybe too well! It is not winter hardy, but if you have a large home and garden with a warm winter, it will please you no end to have one of these beauties.
Warning: This plant is poisonous as are most members of the philodendron family. They contain calcium oxalate crystals which are toxic when eaten fresh.
Text and Photograph ©KO 2010 and © 2018

Hope Philodendron
This is an unlikely member of the family growing in full sun. The sad little philodendrons growing in northern climate offices probably around the world can be entirely forgotten when you get a glimpse of the wonderful leaf shapes and sizes and the settings where these philodendrons do well. I take back everything I've said about philodendrons over the years.
Photograph: I photographed this plant at a hotel on the shore of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in May of 2010.
Text and Photograph © 2013


**Lacy Tree Philodendron, Tree Philodendron, Saddle Leaf Philodendron Philodendron bipinnatifidum
We found this appealing little philodendron growing plentifully in scrub woods near a neighbor's home and took a small piece of it for our terrace garden.
From: South America
Photographed: In our terrace garden growing up a huge ficus tree at our former home in Montserrat.
Planting and Growth: Semi shade to shady is best and with routine rainfall it will do fine. As with pothos, this philodendron seems to stay relatively small until it finds something to grow on finding its way off the ground and up into the trees. Then it truly takes off. The leaves and stems become several times as large and the overall plant seems to grow much more quickly, rapidly enveloping its host.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2008


Philodendron mandaianum
This is another of the large leaf philodendrons that grow best in warm, moist and shady conditions.

Photographed: In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in July of 2010.
Planting and Care: As you can see in the photographs below this plant like most philodendrons like a shady, moist place in the garden. Ideally it should be planted by a tall tree which it can use as a support for climbing.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted © 2018

My #11 and 14 Vine Mysteries were solved by Glenn a visitor to my website who lives in Brisbane, Australia. Many thanks for your help.


My #2 Philodendron Mystery was solved by Ella, a visitor to my site. Many thanks for your help.


Winterborn Philodendron Philodendron 'Xanadu'
This philodendron seems a reduced size plant in its larger family growing only to a height of under 3 feet and a width maybe a little wider. It is very appealing nonetheless.
Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney Australia in 2013.
Planting and Care: Like most in the philodendron family, the xanadu is not really winter hardy. It likes to grow in early morning sun and bright light for the rest of the day with routine rainfall or watering.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted © 2015

With my appreciation, my #37 plant mystery was identified by Peter from Auckland, New Zealand.

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