Plant Description

Philodendron Xanadu

Philodendron Xanadu

Philodendron belong to the Araceae family of plants and some of them become enormous and climb to great heights. This cultivar of Philodendron bipinnatifidum, called 'Xanadu', however, is a popular and compact plant for creating a tropical effect where there is not a lot of available space for some of the larger-leaved foliage plants. It was apparently discovered as a chance seedling in Western Australia in 1983. It has very attractive lobed leaves that are richly green and lush. It grows to around 75 cm in height and eventually makes a 1m-wide clump. It needs no attention once established, apart from occasional watering and some fertiliser once a year.

A shady position amongst other tropical-looking plants suits it best - I grow mine amongst bromeliads, Alocasia, bird's nest ferns, giant Liriope, cane Begonia and Abutilon. It is well suited to life outdoors in Sydney; but in colder regions, it can be grown as a patio plant, or even indoors, as long as there is sufficient light. Apparently, it will also grow well in a sunny position. It can be propagated by division.

There is a golden form of this plant, which is very beautiful. However, it seems slower-growing than the green version. It is wonderful for bringing light into shady areas and grows well in a pot, as illustrated at right.

 

Philodendron Xanadu
Plant Family: Araceae

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