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Philodendron 'Cobra'

Monstera standleyana

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Also known as

Five Holes Plant, 5 Holes Plant

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Partial Shade
Moderate care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Philodendron 'Cobra' - 12cm Pot - Houseplant - Monstera standleyana Variegata


Philodendron 'Cobra' - 12cm Pot - Houseplant - Monstera standleyana Variegata


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Philodendron 'Cobra' Overview

Monstera standleyana or Philodendron 'Cobra' is an evergreen plant from the Araceae family. It is a popular choice to grow as a houseplant for its small unique leaves. The leaves are often attractively variegated with creamy-yellow colouring. Grow up a trellis or alternative supports to create a tropical rain forest feel to your living space. This tropical plant is sometimes sold under the name Philodendron 'Cobra', it is also sometimes called Five Holes Plant or 5 Holes Plant. Originating from Central America to northwestern Colombia, Monstera standleyana appreciates well-draining soil and being allowed to (almost) completely dry out between watering. Place your container near a window, but not in direct sunlight to finish providing its natural growing habitat. This plant can suffer from mealybugs when grown indoors, so inspect regularly. Keep this plant away from pets as this plant is highly toxic when ingested.

Common problems with Philodendron 'Cobra'

How to propagate Philodendron 'Cobra'


A tip cutting, including at least two leaves, will root in spring, if it is planted in a deep pot containing a moistened equal-parts mixture of peat moss and sand. Enclose the cutting in a plastic bag.


Air layering.


Special features of Philodendron 'Cobra'

Attractive flowers

Plants grown indoors in temperate regions only occasionally produce flowers and fruit.

Attractive leaves

Attractive foliage plant

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Locate this plant in a bright, humid and warm spot, but not in direct sunlight.

Other uses of Philodendron 'Cobra'


Suits a conservatory or light indoor room as an architectural feature houseplant, grown for the leaves.