English name:Silver Sword Philodendron
Latin name:Phildendron hastatum
My common name refers to my silver-blue-tinged leaves and sword-like leaf shape.
Useful to know:
I come from the tropical forests of Brazil.
I can grow to about 1m in height indoors.
Bright, indirect light suits me best but I can handle lower light levels too.
I like my soil to kept moist but never wet.
Room temperatures of 16-24°C are perfect.
Feed me once a month between spring and autumn.
I like the occasional shower to get the dust off my leaves and get refreshed.
In the wild I'm a climbing vine so I will eventually need a support to grow upright in your home.
I am toxic so please don't eat me.
Although you can buy me as a houseplant grown in Europe, I feature on the Red List of endangered species in my native country Brazil.