Philodendron 'Shangri La'
Thaumatophyllum 'Shangri La'
5 years to reach maturity
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Philodendron 'Shangri La' Overview
Thaumatophyllum 'Shangri La' is perhaps better known as Philodendron 'Shangri La'. This plant is an impressive, elegant, evergreen shrub cultivar from the aroid family, Araceae. (Many plants have recently been reclassified from the genus Philodendron and moved to a new genus called Thaumatophyllum.) It is a native plant of South America and in cultivation, it is prized as a foliage plant (that rarely flowers). 'Shangri La' produces large, glossy, lobed leaves on long stems, up to a metre in length. It adds great tropical interest and is grown as a houseplant in temperate climates. Low maintenance, it is a rewarding plant for beginners. Place Thaumatophyllum 'Shangri La' in part shade and water when the pot is light to lift. Do not overwater. For best results, feed once a month in the growing season and repot when roots can be seen growing through the pot base, in soil that is high in organic matter and well-draining. Mist at least once a week and keep leaves dust-free by wiping with a damp cloth.