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Blushing Philodendron

Philodendron erubescens

Also known as

Red-Leaf Philodendron

Philodendron erubescens 'Red Emerald' (Araceae) by Filo gèn' (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

6m

Max

1m

2.5m

Min

50cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Philodendron erubescens (Araceae)
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Philodendron erubescens (plantae)

Blushing Philodendron Overview

Philodendron erubescens is a stout, evergreen climber also known by the names Blushing Philodendron and Red-leaf Philodendron. It resides in the Araceae family and may grow to 4m in height. Foliage is glossy and dark green on the upper surface, red-purple below, triangular to oval in shape, and up to 40cm long. Mature plants may produce red-purple flowering spathes measuring around 15cm long. Originating from Columbia, this tropical plant is a commonly grown houseplant in many areas. Care must be taken, as ingestion may cause severe discomfort in both humans and pets. Can also be a skin irritant.

Common problems with Blushing Philodendron

Regularly inspect the leaves of plants to monitor its health. Mealybugs and Scale can be found on new growth, whereas Spider Mite can be detected by leaf mottling and discolouration.

How to harvest Blushing Philodendron

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Blushing Philodendron

Seed

Cuttings

Take stem tip or leaf bud cuttings.

Layering

Special features of Blushing Philodendron

Indoor plant

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Other uses of Blushing Philodendron

Grown as a house plant in conservatories and used to provide tropical looking architectural interest in offices.