I’m sharing a list of 20 different philodendron types I’ve cared for, plus ID photos!
20 philodendron types to add to your houseplant collection
Hey all! I realized that I have *quite* a few philodendron care guides on the blog now, so I figured I’d round them all up to one article that outlines 20 different philodendron types with photos. If you’re wondering what type of plant you have, hopefully this helps!
Or, if you’re looking for inspiration about what your next plant will be, maybe this will help give you some ideas. I will be updating this article in the future as I add more philodendron care guides to the blog as well. So let’s get started.
- 1. Hederaceum ‘Heart Leaf’
- 2. Hederaceum ‘Micans’
- 3. Hederaceum ‘Brasil’
- 4. Hederaceum ‘Lemon Lime’
- 5. Giganteum
- 6. Grazielae
- 7. Hastatum ‘Silver Sword’
- 8. Brandtianum
- 9. Selloum
- 10. Xanadu
- 11. Birkin
- 12. Erubescens ‘Rojo Congo’
- 13. Burle Marx
- 14. Squamiferum
- 15. Painted Lady
- 16. Erubescens ‘Prince of Orange’
- 17. White Knight
- 18. Erubescens ‘Pink Princess’
- 19. Melanochrysum
- 20. Gloriosum
1. Philodendron Hederaceum ‘Heart Leaf’
No article about philodendron types would be complete without the O.G.—so the first variety I will spotlight to kick off this list is the trusty Philodendron Hederaceum “Heart Leaf.” This one is perhaps the most common houseplant variety of philodendron. It’s very hardy and can withstand a variety of light levels.
It also doesn’t need a ton of water and humidity, so it makes a great beginner plant. I have mine in my daughter’s room now since I sometimes forget to open the shades, and it’s still doing great. See my Philodendron Hederaceum “Heart Leaf” care article to learn more.
2. Philodendron Hederaceum ‘Micans’
Philodendron Hederaceum “Micans” is a variety of the all-green heart-leaf philodendron. It has the same growth pattern and generally the same care needs. However, the leaves emerge a copper color and eventually mature to a deep green.
Micans is also referred to as the “velvet leaf philodendron” because the leaves actually look and feel like velvet. It’s a stunner for sure. See my Philodendron Hederaceum “Micans” care guide for more.
3. Philodendron Hederaceum ‘Brasil’
I told you Philodendron Hederaceum is popular! There are so many different varieties of it to collect. Philodendron Hederaceum “Brasil” is one of my favorites. It is variegated with yellows and creams.
While this variety requires a bit more light than the all-green Philodendron Hederaceum variety, its care needs are otherwise the same. It’s a very easy one, and the variegation is stunning. See more pics and learn about Philodendron Hederaceum “Brasil” care.
4. Philodendron Hederaceum ‘Lemon Lime’
And one more Hederaceum variety before we move on to different types: Philodendron Hederaceum “Lemon Lime.” Lemon Lime is exactly the same as the all-green heart-leaf variety, but its leaves are a neon green.
Isn’t it stunning? I love how the color looks against a black wall here. The leaves emerge a highlighter yellow color and eventually harden off to a lime green. Learn more about Philodendron hederaceum “Lemon Lime” care.
5. Philodendron Giganteum
Now moving on to a totally different type of philodendron: Philodendron Giganteum. This one is pretty much exactly what it sounds like…a giant philodendron! It resembles some large varieties of elephant ear plants to me.
I absolutely love my Philodendron Giganteum. Recently it has gotten so large that I had to add a moss pole to control it in my space. It’s easy to care for—looks like it needs high humidity (maybe because it reminds me of an alocasia), but it doesn’t! Learn about Philodendron Giganteum care for more.
6. Philodendron Grazielae
Philodendron Grazielae is a harder-to-find variety that I don’t own anymore. This one was a casualty of my yearly end-of-season downsizing that happens every fall when I realize I can’t fit everything in my little house. 🙂
This is a stunning variety with glossy heart-shaped leaves. I found that it looks best with something to climb, but it is grown as a trailing plant, too. Learn more about Philodendron Grazielae care and propagation.
7. Philodendron Hastatum ‘Silver Sword’
One of my absolute favorites! Philodendron Hastatum, aka the silver sword philodendron, is a breathtaking plant. A lot of plants are called “silver” but aren’t actually a true silver. Not this one!
The leaves are a mint green with an all-over silver sheen. Absolutely stunning foliage. Give silver sword something to climb, and it will give you progressively larger leaves. See a bunch of pics and learn about Philodendron Hastatum care and propagation for more.
8. Philodendron Brandtianum
And another truly silver plant…the Philodendron Brandtianum, aka philodendron Brandi or the “silver-leaf philodendron.” This one doesn’t have an all-over silver sheen. Instead, it is highly variegated with pure silver and jade green.
Every time I see one of these, it takes my breath away. It’s truly a gorgeous climber or trailing plant. If you get lucky, you might find one at a big box nursery for cheap, too. For more, see my Philodendron Brandtianum care guide.
9. Philodendron Selloum
The gorgeous Philodendron Selloum, often referred to as a “split-leaf philodendron” or “tree philodendron,” has leaves that can get very large. It has an interesting growth pattern that makes a great statement in a bright room.
This one is often confused with a monstera deliciosa because you’ll find people referring to the deliciosa as a “split-leaf philodendron.” Well this is the actual split-leaf philodendron! Learn how to care for the Philodendron Selloum to see if it’s right for you.
10. Philodendron Xanadu
To me, Philodendron Xanadu’s leaves look a lot like smaller versions of Philodendron Selloum’s leaves. They don’t get nearly as large, but there are more of them on the plant.
The bushy Philodendron Xanadu is quite easy to care for. I got mine as a clearance shelf rescue plant and wrote about cleaning it up in my article “Save a Dying Houseplant From the Clearance Shelf.” See more Xanadu pictures and learn about its care.
11. Philodendron Birkin
The beautiful birkin *sheds a tear*…when I first wrote a Philodendron Birkin care article, it was super hard to find. Now it is being mass produced, and you can find it just about anywhere.
The variegation on this one is crazy. I love Birkin’s stripes and growth pattern. As long as you give this one plenty of bright, indirect light, the variegation is relatively stable. See my Philodendron Birkin care guide for more.
12. Philodendron Erubescens ‘Rojo Congo’
The Philodendron Erubescens “Rojo Congo” is one of the more recent additions to my philodendron collection. I originally purchased this plant labeled as a black cardinal, but it’s actually not one. Turns out it’s a Rojo Congo.
There are a ton of Philodendron Erubescens varieties that can look really similar to one another, so the confusion isn’t surprising. Learn more about Philodendron Erubescens “Rojo Congo” to see more pics and learn about the other similar varieties.
13. Philodendron Burle Marx
While Philodendron Burle Marx’s leaves might stay small, the plant doesn’t! It can get quite large and bushy, many times growing to be even wider than it is tall.
The leaves have a cool shape with a super glossy green color. You can strap this one up to a pole to decrease its width, or you can let it go nuts. My Philodendron Burle Marx care guide shares a bunch of pics and more info.
14. Philodendron Squamiferum
Philodendron Squamiferum is also a newer addition to my collection. This one was previously more expensive to purchase—at least where I live. So I didn’t buy it until it was being mass produced.
The leaves on this one are really cool. I’ll eventually add a moss pole and will probably keep it in this plant stand—I think they work well together! Read more about Philodendron Squamiferum care.
15. Philodendron Painted Lady
The lovely Philodendron Painted Lady gets her name from the fact that the yellow, cream, and green variegation on her leaves looks almost like delicate water color brush strokes. I recently passed this one on to someone else due to space, but I enjoyed having it while I did!
I have a soft spot for plants with that highlighter-yellow color. They really make a statement in a sea of medium and dark green houseplants. See my Philodendron Painted Lady care guide for more.
16. Philodendron Erubescens ‘Prince of Orange’
Yet another Erubescens philodendron! The Philodendron Erubescens “Prince of Orange” is a really cool cultivar that grows in a compact habit. It doesn’t trail or climb; instead, it grows up and out.
The new leaves emerge a beautiful bright orange and slowly fade to yellow-orange and then green. That means that, at any given time, one plant has a variety of different colored leaves. For more on the prince, see my Philodendron Erubescens “Prince of Orange” care guide.
17. Philodendron White Knight
White knight is another of the philodendron types that I didn’t jump on buying until the prices came down a bit. It’s a lovely cultivar with dark green leaves and cream/white marbled and flecked variegation.
Each leaf on a Philodendron White Knight is different. And if you can’t justify getting your hands on a Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata, this philodendron is a great variegated option! See more pics and learn about Philodendron White Knight care.
18. Philodendron Erubescens ‘Pink Princess’
The Philodendron Erubescens “Pink Princess” is another philodendron that I didn’t add to my collection for a while. It was a SUPER hot plant for a while, which meant that supply was low and prices were high!
My first pink princess was a rehab from a friend, and I got to try my hand at rooting stem cuttings with it. Philodendron Erubescens “Pink Princess” plants are now being mass produced, so it’s likely you’ll find one near you if you keep your eyes out. See my Pink Princess Philodendron Care & Stem Propagation guide for more.
19. Philodendron Melanochrysum
My Philodendron Melanochrysum was part of an import order I did through an international plant retailer called Ecuagenera. I was super happy with how most of my plants imported, including this one.
It’s very similar to a Philodendron Micans in that its leaves have a lovely velvety finish. However, this one produced larger leaves from sturdier stems, making it more of a climber than a trailer. See my Philodendron Melanochrysum Care guide for more.
20. Philodendron Gloriosum
And this one was another philodendron in the same import I mentioned previously. Philodendron Gloriosum produces STUNNING heart-shaped leaves with bold veining. I did have to cut off all but one of the leaves due to stress while in shipping.
But! The plant has already put out a gorgeous second leaf with a third on the way as of writing this. This has quickly become one of my new favorites, and I hope it continues to grow. My Philodendron Gloriosum Care guide has more pictures and info.