Philodendron is a genus of more than 500 species of flowering plants. In fact, it is the second largest genus in the family Araceae. Anthurium is the largest in the family. Additionally, Pothos and Monstera plants are close cousins of the Philodendron genus.
Many Philodendron varieties are grown as indoor plants. Indeed because they adapt well to low light conditions. In fact, these stout-stemmed climbers are native to tropical rainforests.
The name Philodendron comes from the Greek word “philo” meaning love or affection and “dendron” meaning tree. Thus, most Philodendron varieties found growing on trees or climbing around them.
Leaves of philodendron plants are typically green. However, they may be coppery, red, or purplish. Additionally, parallel leaf veins are usually green or sometimes red or white.
Furthermore, their size, shape, and leaf texture can vary considerably. Of course this can all depend on the species and age of the plant. Scientists are continually looking at plant relationships and at times reclassify plants. Occasionally, you will see some Philodendron species referred to as Thaumatophyllum.
The Pink Princess Philodendron is one that is coveted by many Philodendron collectors. It is a striking beauty with pink variegation. Read more about Philodendron Pink Princess and Care and Propagation here.
Plants that look like Philodendrons
The Split-leaf philodendron is actually not a philodendron at all. Although, it was formerly classified in that genus. Also known as Swiss Cheese Plant or Windowleaf Plant. However, its scientific name is Monstera deliciosa.
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