Ever heard of Philodendron Xanadu? No? Then it’s high time you two were introduced. This plant has loads to offer. Our green profile gives you the lowdown on this peerless plant.
Philodendron Xanadu – sounds like the hero of a sci-fi blockbuster, doesn’t it? Okay, it’s not quite that bombastic, but it’s all the nicer for it. The name derives from the Greek words philo (affection) and dendron (tree). A friend to trees, no less! Indeed, its forebears in the rainforests of Central and South America were found climbing up other trees and using them as a support, without damaging them in the process.
With its large, flamboyant leaves, Philodendron Xanadu is a truly handsome plant. It looks just as good in private homes as it does in offices, hotels and businesses. But its abilities are what really set it apart. It is able to filter toxins like carbon monoxide, benzene and formaldehyde from the air, thus ensuring a fresh and healthy indoor climate. This makes it one of the most effective air purifiers in the plant world.
When cared for properly, Philodendron Xanadu can grow up to 1 m tall. Unlike other members of its family, the Xanadu is not a climbing plant. It has long leafstalks that stick out in all directions, with large, wavy, heavily veined leaves on the ends, which give it an imposing, stocky appearance. But look a little closer, and you’ll discover the Xanadu’s more delicate, playful side.
Philodendron Xanadu originally came from Central and South America, but luckily it’s perfectly settled here, too. It loves bright spots, as long as you keep it away from direct sunlight and drafts. It also needs plenty of humidity, so it’s best to spray its leaves with water fairly regularly. Overall, this plant is very easy to care for.
Philodendron Xanadu belongs to the Araceae family and the Philodendron genus. There are hundreds of different species within this genus; most experts report up to 700. They are all evergreen, perennial herbaceous plants with glossy leaves.