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Silver Sword Philodendron

Philodendron hastatum

Also known as

Silver Sword

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Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


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This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of a silver green leaved Philodendron hastatum plant against a white background
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Silver Sword Philodendron Overview

Philodendron hastatum is commonly known by the name Silver Sword Philodendron, due to its shiny, silvery leaves that are slender-pointed, heart to arrow-shaped and coloured grey-green to grey-blue. Emerging leaves are protected by modified leaf structures termed cataphylls and leaf shape changes with age; they typically start off heart-shaped and develop a more arrow-shaped appearance with age. This exotic-looking species likes to climb; it can reach up to 3m in height given the correct growing conditions. Provide with a moss pole or alternative structure to climb, for the best results. Mature plants can produce red-green flowers arranged in spathe structures. Philodendron hastatum is tender and should be positioned in bright, indirect sunlight or partial shade, in well-draining, moist, soil that is high in organic matter, for optimal growth. Mist at least once a week, keep leaves dust-free by wiping with a damp cloth and feed once every 2 months. Keep the compost moist from spring to autumn and water more sparingly in winter. Repot in spring when roots can be seen growing through the pot base. Originating from South-eastern Brazil, this tropical plant is a commonly grown houseplant in many areas, including the UK.

Common problems with Silver Sword Philodendron

How to propagate Silver Sword Philodendron



Take stem tip or leaf bud cuttings.

Special features of Silver Sword Philodendron

Indoor plant

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Other uses of Silver Sword Philodendron

Used to provide tropical looking architectural interest in offices.