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Silver Sword Philodendron

Philodendron hastatum

Also known as

Silver Sword

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Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

11a-12b

USDA zone

4°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

3m

Max

1m

2m

Min

50cm

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

This plant has no fragrance

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Silver Sword Philodendron Overview

Philodendron hastatum is commonly known by the name Silver Sword Philodendron after its shiny, silvery leaf appearance. Foliage is almost metallic, slender-pointed, heart to arrow-shaped, coloured grey-green to grey-blue and the leaves possess elongated leaf blades. 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. Leaves measure between 45-60cm. This 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 partial to shaded light, in well-draining, moist, soil high in organic matter for optimal growth. 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

Generally disease free but can suffer scale insects.

How to harvest Silver Sword Philodendron

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Silver Sword Philodendron

Seed

Cuttings

Take stem tip or leaf bud cuttings.

Special features of Silver Sword Philodendron

Indoor plant

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Silver Sword Philodendron

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