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​​​​​​​​​Xanadu Philodendron

Thaumatophyllum xanadu

  • Common name: Xanadu Philodendron
  • Scientific name: Thaumatophyllum xanadu
  • Family name: Araceae
  • Origin: Brazil
  • Height: 3 to 5 ft
  • Width: 5 to 7 ft
  • Growth: Moderate
  • Zone: USDA Zones 9 through 11
  • Light needs: Part shade
  • Salt tolerance: Low
  • Soil/pH/Texture: Prefers a well-draining, organically rich soil with a slightly acidic pH between 5.6 and 7.5.
  • Moisture: Soil should be kept consistently moist, but not waterlogged. It does well in humid environments.
  • Drought tolerance: Low
  • Pests/Diseases: Root rot may occur if it is overwatered.
  • Growing conditions: It should be grown in a moist, humid environment. Make sure it receives indirect or dappled light, as too much direct sun will cause leaf burn. It does very well indoors as a potted plant as long as it is watered whenever the soil begins to get too dry.
  • Characteristics: This plant will grow to form a mounded, pillow-like shape. Most individuals will only reach around 3 ft in height, although some individuals may reach 5 ft depending on the growing conditions. Leaf stems grow directly from the ground. Each stem has one large leaf, which is glossy green with deep lobes. The flowers are red with white centers.
  • Propagation: By stem cuttings
  • Facts: This plant contains calcium oxalate crystals, which may irritate the skin if parts of the plant are crushed. Because of this, gloves should be worn when handling the plant, and pets and small children should be kept away from it.
  • Designer considerations: It is a popular houseplant for its low maintenance and tropical ambience. It also makes a good low hedge or can serve as a backdrop for more colorful tropical plants.

Xanadu Philodendron