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Moonlight Philodendron

Philodendron 'Moonlight'

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Moonlight Philodendron (Philodendron 'Moonlight') at Wolf Hill Home & Garden

Moonlight Philodendron foliage

Moonlight Philodendron foliage

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Height:  24 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Description:

A tropical, clumping selection that presents emerging chartreuse, heart shaped leaves that mature to lime green; foliage arches outward from upright petioles; flowers rarely; great for medium height groundcover, containers or as a houseplant

Ornamental Features

Moonlight Philodendron's attractive large glossy heart-shaped leaves emerge chartreuse in spring, turning lime green in color the rest of the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Moonlight Philodendron is a dense herbaceous evergreen tropical plant with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Moonlight Philodendron is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

This plant is native to the tropics and prefers growing in moist environments with evenly warm conditions all year round. In our climate, it is usually grown as an outdoor annual in the garden or in a container. If you want it to survive the winter, it can be brought in to the house and provided with special care, and then returned to the garden the following season. In its preferred tropical habitat, it can grow to be around 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. However, when grown as an annual or when overwintered indoors, it can be expected to perform differently, and its exact height and spread will depend on many factors; you may wish to consult with our experts as to how it might perform in your specific application and growing conditions.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

Moonlight Philodendron is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

-- THIS IS A TROPICAL PLANT AND SHOULD NOT BE EXPECTED TO SURVIVE THE WINTER OUTDOORS IN OUR CLIMATE --

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Container  Basket 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features