phil·​o·​den·​dron | \ ˌfi-lə-ˈden-drən How to pronounce philodendron (audio) \
plural philodendrons also philodendra\ ˌfi-​lə-​ˈden-​drə How to pronounce philodendra (audio) \

Definition of philodendron

: any of various aroid plants (as of the genus Philodendron) that are cultivated for their showy foliage

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Below the canopy, the understory is a low-light layer dominated by shorter plants with broad leaves, such as palms and philodendrons. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Rainforests, explained," 15 May 2019 Split-leaf philodendrons should be repotted every few years to ensure space for the roots of this fast-growing plant. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "How to add years to old houseplant’s life | The Sacramento Bee," 27 Apr. 2018 In addition to the full-wrap Martinique print cakes, Jones-Mann also makes them with a philodendron leaf pattern seen here. Country Living, "These Wallpaper Cakes Are Almost Too Pretty To Eat," 17 Feb. 2017 Golden Pothos are often mistakenly sold as philodendrons, which are related plants that are equally good at removing formaldehyde and are almost as forgiving to newbiw houseplant tenders. Emily Main, Good Housekeeping, "7 Plants That Can Actually Purify Your Indoor Air," 21 Nov. 2017 Leafy tropicals and other foliage plants including begonias, caladiums, coleus, cannas, ferns, dracaenas and philodendrons can be used for dramatic effect in the shade container. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Container culture – these pots do lots | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 Another big category to keep your pets from gnawing is aroids (aka arums), the group of plants including philodendrons, pothos, peace lily (Spathiphyllum), arrowhead plants (Syngonium), elephant ear (Caladium), Dieffenbachia and others. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Some of South Florida's most popular plants may be toxic to pets," 14 June 2018 As for houseplants, Emmons recommends any type of ivy (English ivy is his favorite), philodendron, wandering Jew, purple passion, and coleus. Emily Main, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Thriving Houseplants In Water," 23 June 2017 So, feel free to cut back your philodendron when its branches are looking long and leggy. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "How to add years to old houseplant’s life | The Sacramento Bee," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of philodendron

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for philodendron

New Latin, from Greek, neuter of philodendros loving trees, from phil- + dendron tree — more at dendr-

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English Language Learners Definition of philodendron

: a kind of plant with attractive leaves that people often grow indoors


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Kids Definition of philodendron

: a plant often grown for its showy usually shiny leaves

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