Philodendron squamiferum, commonly known as the Red Bristle Philodendron or the Hairy Philodendron, is a tropical plant belonging to the Araceae family. Native to the rainforests of Ecuador and Colombia, this unique plant is highly regarded for its striking appearance and distinctive features.
The Philodendron squamiferum is characterized by its large, glossy green leaves that have a heart-shaped or elongated shape, similar to other members of the Philodendron genus. What sets it apart are the reddish-brown bristles or hairs that cover the leaf stalks, petioles, and undersides of the leaves. These bristles give the plant a distinctive and attractive texture, resembling tiny spikes or hairs.
With proper care, Philodendron squamiferum can grow to be a medium-sized vine, reaching a height of around 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 centimeters). It is primarily grown as an indoor plant, favored for its ornamental value. Its unique foliage and low-maintenance requirements make it a popular choice among plant enthusiasts and collectors.
In terms of care, Philodendron squamiferum thrives in bright, indirect light but can tolerate lower light conditions. It prefers well-draining soil and regular watering, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. As a tropical plant, it enjoys a warm and humid environment, making it suitable for indoor cultivation in temperate regions but would do best grown in a greenhouse or terrarium to provide its high humidity requirements.
Overall, Philodendron squamiferum is a captivating plant that adds a touch of exotic beauty to any indoor space. Its vibrant green leaves and unusual bristles make it a standout choice for plant lovers seeking an eye-catching and relatively easy-to-care-for houseplant.
Our available plants are young and small, potted in 3" pots.