phil·​o·​den·​dron | \ˌfi-lə-ˈden-drən \
plural philodendrons also philodendra\ ˌfi-​lə-​ˈden-​drə \

Definition of philodendron 

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

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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 Homeowners with bathrooms that receive low levels of natural light should opt for plants like bamboo, aloe vera, heart-leafed philodendrons, orchids, spider plants, or Boston ferns, according to Apartment Therapy. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, ""Shower Plants" Are the Easiest Way to Keep Your Bathroom Clean," 19 Apr. 2017 Damaged growth on herbaceous or non-woody plants, such as cannas, elephant ears, birds-of-paradise, begonias, impatiens, philodendrons and gingers, may be pruned back to living tissue., "Don't prune freeze-damaged plants just yet: 5 tips for recovering your garden," 6 Jan. 2018 Many of us fret over every car wash, every long shower, every thirsty philodendron on the mantle. Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor, "The Colorado: how a river rules the west," 3 May 2017

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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


phil·​o·​den·​dron | \ˌfi-lə-ˈden-drən \

Kids Definition of philodendron

: a plant often grown for its showy usually shiny leaves

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