Philodendrons have been the entry-level houseplant for generations. They can grow in low light, they’re forgiving when neglected, and they grow steadily enough to be interesting. Most people are familiar with the traditional green, trailing philodendrons, but there are lots of new hybrids with beautiful colors and unique shapes.

Heart-Leaf Philodendron

Heart Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron cordatum) This is the classic philodendron, featuring green, heart shaped leaves on long trailing stems that can grow up to 14 feet long when left alone. They tend to have better shape when trimmed back occasionally.

Neon Philodendron

Neon Philodendron (Philodendron cordatum ‘Neon’) Similar to the classic trailing philodendron, but with bright chartreuse leaves instead of dark green.

Selloum Philodendron

Selloum Philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum) This is an upright philodendron with large, deeply lobed leaves. They have a spreading habit, typically reaching up to five feet tall and wide in the average home.

Hybrid Philodendron

Autumn Philodendron (Philodendron ‘Autumn’) Broad, spade-shaped leaves emerge red, fade to copper and age to green, resulting in a range of colors as the plant grows. The leaves are upright, rather than trailing. They tend to stay under two feet tall.

Moonlight Philodendron (Philodendron ‘Moonlight’) This selection is identical to the Autumn Philodendron, but with leaves emerging bright yellow, fading to chartreuse and aging to green.