I bet you didn't expect to find philodendron at a perennial plant nursery in North Carolina! Philodendron is better known as a Central/South American exotic tropical genus grown as houseplants in most of the US. You usually only see philodendron grown outside in southern Florida, with its high heat and humidity. However, there is at least one or more philodendron of the 900 or so species that is cold-hardy in warm temperate gardens as far north as Raleigh.
Philodendron is normally a forest dwelling plant. In fact the name philodendron comes from "Phile" (lover of) and "dendron" (trees)...like many of us, it's a tree-hugger! Like many tropical plants with hidden cold hardiness (i.e., colocasia, alocasia, musa), philodendron is "cold hardy" because it dies back to the roots and goes into a deep dormancy. These hardy tropicals wait until the temperatures are very warm before re-sprouting?sometimes emerging as late as July. Philodendron growers must have patience and perserverance waiting for their plants to sprout in warm temperate climates.
In the garden, philodendron prefers part to full sun, plenty of rich compost, well-drained soil and hot humid temperatures. When you are ready to buy philodendron for your perennial garden, we hope you'll check out our online offering of philodendron for sale.