The philodendron isn’t a plant per se, as widely believed, but a plant genus botanically known as Araceae. Its great popularity is due to its simplicity.


Philodendron cultivars require little maintenance while providing an excellent display of delicate flowers and intricate leaves. There are currently more than 480 known species[1] of philodendron.

Philodendron Flower

Some species are climbers and can decorate entire walls; others stand upright and easily serve as mini-indoor trees. Native to the rainforests of South America, Philodendron is among the most popular genera of flowering houseplants.

Philodendron Flowering Plant

The foliage of the philodendron is usually green, but it can be coppery, purple, or red. The parallel veins of the leaves are usually green, often white or red.


The texture, size, and shape of the leaves vary greatly depending on the maturity and species of the plant. The long, white part of the blossom is known as the spadix. The green part that surrounds it like a cape is known as the spathe.

When the spathe opens, the plant is ready for pollination. A philodendron has to be mature before it can flower, which takes an incredible 15-16 years!

When fully developed, it blooms from May to July, signaling that it is ready to breed.

Suggested Reading: All Flowering Plants

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Key References
  • [1]“Philodendrons in Bloom – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden”. Accessed December 02, 2021. Link.


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