12 Varieties of the Trendy Philodendron Plant You Should Know

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Oh-so-lush and green, philodendron houseplants are always in style. From trailing types to ruffle-edged stunners, these tropical members of the Araceae family are beautiful and easy to grow.

In general, different types of philodendrons need similar care: a warm, humid climate, bright, indirect light, and soil that's evenly moist. Keep in mind that because philodendron leaves contain calcium oxalate, they're toxic to cats, dogs, and humans when consumed. Be sure to display your plants out of reach of curious kids and pets.

With so many philodendron types to choose from, you can find the perfect philo to grow in a hanging basket, beautify your desk at work, or fill an oversized floor planter. Here are 12 of our favorite philodendron types you can use to green your space.

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Heartleaf Philodendron

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  • Botanical Name: Philodendron hederaceum
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright indirect light
  • Soil Type: Rich, loose potting mix
  • Soil pH: 5.5-6.0

If you're new to philodendrons, why not start with the classic heartleaf variety? True to its name, this plant has heart-shaped leaves and trailing growth habit that sometimes leads it to be confused with pothos.

Heartleaf philodendrons are beautiful and easy-growing, perfect for hanging baskets or trailing down from a high shelf.

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Philodendron "Xanadu"

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  • Botanical Name: Philodendron seollum or Thaumatophyllum bipinnatifidum
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright indirect light
  • Soil Type: Rich, loose potting mix
  • Soil pH: 5.5-6.0

Seeking a big, beautiful plant to fill that empty corner? Look no further than philodendron "Xanadu,—also known as philodendron "Winterbourn"—with big, shiny, serrated leaves and an upright, elegantly arching growth habit. This plant can grow up to four feet tall and six feet wide, so it makes an excellent statement floor plant.

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Philodendron "Xanadu" Golden

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  • Botanical Name: Philodendron seollum 'Golden' or Thaumatophyllum bipinnatifidum 'Golden'
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Rich, loose potting mix
  • Soil pH: 5.5-6.0

Love the ruffle-edged look of Philodendron "Xanadu" but want a brighter color that contrasts with dark shades or other dark-green plants? Seek out the "Golden" cultivar, which offers a similar look in a cheery, spring-green shade.

The Xanadu variety has been recently reclassified with a new botanical name, but it's still commonly referred to as a philodendron.

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Philodendron "Burle Marx"

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  • Botanical Name: Philodendron imbe 'Burle Marx'
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright indirect light
  • Soil Type: Rich, loose potting mix
  • Soil pH: 5.5-6.0

Named for the Brazilian landscape architect who first popularized the use of native plants in landscape design, philodendron "Burle Marx" is known for its low-growing habit and long, shiny, heart-shaped leaves.

This upright philodendron can grow up to two feet tall and spread as wide as four feet. It's also easy to propagate via stem cuttings.

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Lemon Lime Philodendron

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  • Botanical Name: Philodendron hederaceum 'Lemon Lime'
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Rich, loose potting mix
  • Soil pH: 5.5-6.0

For a pop of bright, cheerful color, this variety is the philodendron species' answer to vivid neon pothos. Another vining variety, lemon lime philodendron can be trained up a pole, trellis, or other support, or it can trail down from a hanging basket, wall planter, or high shelf.

These colorful plants are easy to root from stem cuttings in water, especially in spring and summer when the plant is actively growing.

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Velvet Leaf Philodendron

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  • Botanical Name: Philodendron micans
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright indirect light
  • Soil Type: Rich, loose potting mix
  • Soil pH: 5.5-6.0

With richly textured, deep green leaves and contrasting copper-colored stems, velvet leaf philodendron is as elegant as they come. Let its dark colors pop against a white wall or blonde wood shelf, and like other philodendron types, it's also easy to propagate via stem cuttings.

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Philodendron "Birkin"

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  • Botanical Name: Philodendron 'Birkin'
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Rich, loose potting mix
  • Soil pH: 5.5-6.0

With its wide, heart-shaped leaves and compact, upright growth habit, Philodendron "Birkin" makes a charming houseplant for just about anywhere in your home. As with other variegated philodendron types, giving the plant brighter light will make its contrasting stripes more pronounced.

Give your plant's leaves an occasional rinse in the shower or wipe them gently with a damp cloth to remove dust buildup.

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Philodendron "Golden Ring of Fire"

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  • Botanical Name: Philodendron 'Golden Ring of Fire'
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Rich, loose potting mix
  • Soil pH: 5.5-6.0

This bright, vivid philodendron is a rare gem, earning its name from the many colors its variegated leaves take on throughout the growing season.

You'll see shades of green, red, yellow, pink, and orange on a single plant depending on the time of year—and with leaves reaching two feet long at maturity, it's really a sight to behold. Because it's so rare, this plant is considered a collector's item and priced accordingly.

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Philodendron "Florida Beauty"

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  • Botanical Name: Philodendron 'Florida Beauty'
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Rich, loose potting mix
  • Soil pH: 5.5-6.0

Another colorful, variegated philodendron hybrid is "Florida Beauty," with splashes of color ranging from dark green to light green to pale yellow on its multi-lobed leaves.

As with other variegated philodendron types, give this specimen bright, indirect light to keep its coloring looking bright. This one is a climber, so support it with some structure like a trellis or moss pole.

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Philodendron "Brasil"

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  • Botanical Name: Philodendron hederaceum 'Brasil'
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Rich, loose potting mix
  • Soil pH: 5.5-6.0

For a variegated philodendron with a trailing growth habit, bring home a Philodendron "Brasil," with dark leaves streaked with different shades of green from Kelly to neon.

A similar cultivar, "Brasil Tricolor," includes pale yellow to creamy tan shades in the mix. This easy-to-grow philodendron can be kept in soil or in a vase or glass of water. More light will make its colors brighter.

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Oak Leaf Philodendron

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  • Botanical Name: Philodendron pedatum
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright indirect light
  • Soil Type: Rich, loose potting mix
  • Soil pH: 5.5-6.0

At maturity, this climbing philodendron can grow as tall as 10 feet, with its multi-lobed, oak leaf-like foliage up to 12 inches long.

This low-maintenance plant is easy to care for—just give it dappled light, keep its soil evenly moist, and feed it with houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength once per month during the spring and summer growing season.

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Philodendron "Schott"

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  • Botanical Name: Philodendron bipennifolium 'Schott'
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright indirect light
  • Soil Type: Rich, loose potting mix
  • Soil pH: 5.5-6.0

This philodendron variety is known for its unique, wavy-edged leaves, which can be shaped like a horse's head or even a violin.

Another climbing philodendron, this plant will do best with a moss pole, trellis, or other support—or you can grow it in a hanging basket and let the leaves and stems trail down. Take stem cuttings in the spring or summer to propagate this plant.

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