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PHILEDENDRON BURLE MARX

What is a Philedendron Burle Marx

Native to the jungles of Brazil, this plant was named after landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, who was a huge advocate of using native flora in modern design.

A low-growing, creeping shrub, it has glossy, heart-shaped green leaves and stems which are crimson in color.

Reaching an average height of about two feet and spanning up to three feet wide, you want to keep this plant in an area where it receives partial shade. Likewise, it does not need a ton of water, but you need to be sure to keep the soil reasonably moist.

This means watering at least once a week, or more if you’re in a very dry, hot or sunny location. In very hot conditions, misting the leaves with water is helpful as well.

Philodendron Burle Marx grows in clumps that form vines which can eventually attach themselves to surrounding trees and buildings, if support is given. Otherwise, it provides a beautiful ground cover if allowed to flourish outside. 

The flowers are white, and it’s a great option for an indoor house plant, as it helps purify the air from toxins while still being quite easy to care for.

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This is, at heart, a tropical plant, so it doesn’t tolerate cold conditions well. Be sure to bring it inside well before the first frost if you live in an area where this is a problem. Exposure to cold temperatures can slow growth, or even kill the plant.

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