There are so many different types of philodendron plants out there!
But which one is best for your home? I’ll explore a few popular types of Philodendron flora to help you identify the right philodendron type for you. Keep reading to figure out which species of this climbing plant is perfect for you.
Different Philodendron Varieties That You Can Buy Online
Philodendron varieties range from climbers to flowering plants and even those that look like miniature indoor trees. There are more than 480 different varieties of the Philodendron.
This plant was first found in South American rainforests and has since made its way cozily into our homes. So let me introduce you to 13 philodendron types that we love, whether because of its easy plant care or notorious heart shaped leaf. I’m sure you’ll find the perfect philodendron plant for you!
1. Philodendron cordatum, the heartleaf philodendron
Origin: The Caribbean and South America
The emerald green heartleaf Philodendron cordatum also referred to as Heart Leaf Philodendron, is one of the most popular types of Philodendrons in this plant family. This is a really easy plant to take care of and you won’t need to have a specialized gardening method or green thumb.
You can give this plant with sturdy stems as a gift to any beginner gardeners since they’ll only need to water it every once in a while (bottom watering is a good idea for this philodendron) and merely leave it to grow in their flowerpot. The best part about this member of the Philodendron family is its leaf shape and color. The heart-shaped leaves are shiny and bright, glossy green.
2. Philodendron bipinnatifidum, lacy tree philodendron
Origin: South America
The Philodendron Bipinnafidum is a large leaf Philodendron plant that cannot climb upwards using its trailing vines or central stem. It does not have the upright growth pattern of other Philodendrons with olive green leaves and vines. Essentially, it is a large floor plant that will give your home a great pop of color due to its green and glossy leaves.
This tropical plant is excellent for temperate climates. Its large leaves come with deep lobes. The dark green leaves love to face the direct sunlight, so you’ll need to regularly rotate the plant to make sure every portion of it receives some sunlight.
3. Philodendron erubescens, blushing philodendron
Origin: Costa Rica, South American rainforests
The Philodendron Erubescens plant is rather exotic and usually found in tropical rainforests. The unique and gorgeous plant can climb via its vines for as much as five feet upwards.
This is a variegated Philodendron that can be black in color or dark green with some pink streaks. You’ll need to expose the plant to bright indirect light. When grown in nature outdoors, the plant’s leaves sometimes have red highlights.
4. Philodendron xanadu, winterbourne
Based in its natural habitat in the country of Brazil, the Philodendron Xanadu is also known as P. Winterbourne and is a relatively large plant you can grow indoors. Despite its size, it can be held in your home without overtaking an entire room.
This hardy plant doesn’t grow as tall as some other members of this plant family, but it can grow much wider than some other types of Philodendron plants. It also has large, dissected, deeply lobed leaves and can stand upright.
5. Philodendron gloriosum, velvet leaf philodendron
Origin: Colombia, southern Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Central America
The Philodendron gloriosum plant has incredibly large, dark-green leaves. The leaves also have white or cream-colored veins spreading throughout. Don’t be disappointed if yours doesn’t look quite as glorious as the picture, though. This large size is more commonly found in the wild and it may be harder to grow such an impressive plant indoors.
The plant’s leaves also have a velvet texture. The velvet leaf Philodendron can be grown in a hanging basket in both bright light and shade. It also needs daily watering and the right humidity.
Check out this red hybrid version, called Summer Glory 🤩
6. Philodendron hastatum, silver sword
The Philodendron Hastatum plant is also known as P. Silver sword due to its silver-colored leaves. The long leaves change colors over time. First, the leaves are generally blue or gray-colored. Once the plant matures, the leaves turn a grayish-green color.
I’ve found that as mine got older, the heart shape became more pronounced, almost to the point of making a V shape.
This particular plant grows upward, which means it is useful to pinch it back sometimes. We put ours on a diy self-watering moss pole and stood it in the corner. So if you’re looking for a nice house plant that can grow up your walls and give your room a beautiful look, consider the Philodendron hastatum.
7. Scindapsus pictus, satin pothos
Origin: Southeast Asia
The Scindapsus Pictus plant is also known as the silver vine or silver Pothos, yet it is not a pothos plant. The leaves and vines of the Scindapsus pictus plant are very similar to the typical Philodendron plant.
The leaves are dark olive green and have silver blotches. This particular trailing plant can grow upwards of six feet in height, as long as your place has enough room 🙂
You can take care of this plant in hanging baskets much like you would any other Philodendron plant and it will trail down beautifully.
8. Philodendron white knight
Origin: South America
Native to the warm climates and rainforests of South America, the Philodendron White Knight has a very beautiful and unique look. The leaves of this plant have white streaks or splashes of white. As such, it was named the Philodendron White Knight.
The rest of the leaves are dark green and the stems are either dark purple in color or cream-colored. This cream splash Philodendron plant grows slowly but can climb upwards the wall in your kitchen, living room, or bedroom. You’ll need to trim the glossy foliage back about twice a year.
9. Philodendron rugosum, pigskin philodendron
The Philodendron Rugosum plant is also called pigskin, which may be due to the rough texture of its leaves. This Ecuador-based plant is rather rare and unique. The heart shaped leaves are very thick and tend to make the plant stand out.
There are different patterns on various P. Rugosum plant leaves and the rough, velvety texture of each plant leaf is patterned. You may accidentally think this is a plastic plant since it has rather leathery leaves that come in a bright-green color.
10. Philodendron moonlight
Origin: South America
The Philodendron Moonlight plant has rather large leaves, which come in a rather bright-green color. This green flora looks stunning both indoors and outdoors, so you can either plant it in your backyard garden or keep the moonlight Philodendron as a house plant.
11. Philodendron Brasil
Origin: Any tropical climates
The blushing Philodendron Brasil is a gorgeous plant with heart-shaped and light green leaves. The leaves of this plant also come with a white, lime, or cream-colored strip in the middle part of them. These tropical plants with their lime green colors can be found in any jungle or tropical climate.
The stems of this plant can also come in a pink color, which further improves the beauty of this flora. This plant can live in low light but usually prefers medium light or brighter light. If you want its color variegation to be as outstanding as possible, you’ll need to grow it in at least medium light or at maximum illumination.
12. Philodendron micans
Origin: Mexico, Southern United States, Caribbean
The Philodendron Micans is a type of Philodendron plant with a trailing vine and heart-shaped leaves. Further, the leaves have a texture that feels like velvet. The green foliage has leaves with a brown tint.
Since this plant can grow as long as six feet in total, you’ll want to display it in a large room with plenty of space to grow. You can also leave it in a dark room.
13. Philodendron prince of orange
Origin: Tropical climates, South America
This is a hybrid plant with plenty of colors to show off in your home. The Philodendron Prince of Orange is easy to maintain and care for, so you can gift it to an amateur gardener.
For most plants, yellowing leaves are a bad sign – but this isn’t the case for the Prince of Orange Philodendron! This colorful philodendron variety produces gorgeous, elongated, oval-shaped leaves in orange, yellow, and green. The shiny leaves start out orange-colored and then mature to a copper color, sunny yellow leaves, and then to bright green flora.
How to care for most types of philodendron plants
If you have chosen a philodendron plant for your home, you will need to grow it in bright but indirect light. The soil needs to be moist but not overwatered. Since this sweetheart plant comes from a tropical climate, it needs a higher amount of humidity.
Low humidity is still okay for a heartleaf Philodendron, but if you want greater fluorescent green foliage and growth, then high humidity is a must. You’ll also need a temperature between 65 °F and 80 °F. You should also add a liquid fertilizer once or twice a month during the summer and spring seasons.
That’s all there is to it! Now you can go out and purchase one of these beautiful indoor plants to enjoy for years to come.
More about philodendrons
- 13 Different Types of Philodendron Plants For Jungle Vibes
- Philodendron Brasil Care Guide
- Split Leaf Philodendron Care Guide
- Growing Philodendron Micans Care Guide
- How to Propagate a Split-Leaf Philodendron: Easy Step-by-Step Guide
- Growing pink princess philodendron: How to grow them and keep them happy
- How to care for a philodendron (for beginners): An expert reveals secrets