Philodendrons are one of the most popular and diverse groups of houseplants, with a wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors. They belong to the Araceae family, which includes other popular indoor plants like Monstera and ZZ plants. One of the reasons for their popularity is their ease of care – philodendrons are generally low-maintenance, making them perfect for beginners or those who want to add greenery to their home without much effort.
The most well-known variety of philodendron is the heart-leaf philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum), which is characterized by its heart-shaped leaves and vining habit. It is often grown in hanging baskets or trained to climb up a support. Another popular variety is the velvet-leaf philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum var. micans), which has soft, velvety leaves that are green with a reddish-purple underside.
Other popular philodendron varieties include the fiddle-leaf philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum), which has large, dramatic leaves that are split down the middle and resemble a fiddle, and the Xanadu philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum ‘Xanadu’), which has glossy, deeply lobed leaves that grow in a compact, bushy shape. The selloum philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum ‘Selloum’) is also a popular choice, with large, deeply lobed leaves that resemble a palm frond.
For those who prefer smaller plants, there are many compact philodendron varieties available, such as the dwarf philodendron (Philodendron hastatum ‘Little Sib’), which has arrow-shaped leaves that are silver with green veins, and the philodendron prince of orange (Philodendron ‘Prince of Orange’), which has bright orange new growth that matures to a deep green.
In addition to these popular varieties, there are many other unique and interesting types of philodendron available, such as the split-leaf philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum ‘Hope’), which has large, deeply cut leaves that resemble a bird’s nest, and the philodendron white wizard (Philodendron ‘White Wizard’), which has variegated white and green leaves.
Overall, the variety of philodendron plants is vast and offers something for everyone.
Whether you prefer large, showy leaves or small, compact foliage, there is a philodendron variety that will suit your taste and space. With their low-maintenance care requirements and stunning foliage, philodendrons are a great choice for any indoor plant collection.