The Split Leaf Philodendron is a native plant of Brazil. It is identified by its large, glossy leaves. This semi-hardy plant can be seen growing off large unbranching stems that stretch across the grounds of southern Texas. The leaves can be up to three feet long. They are divided into many large lobes that have small ruffles. The blooms of the Split Leaf Philodendron are not noticeable. They grow from the base and are only a foot in height. When seen, they can be identified by their club-shaped base leaf with a flower in the middle covered by a hood.
In colder months, the Split Leaf Philodendron dies back. It will return if it is protected sufficiently. In warm climates, the plant can grow as tall as ten feet high.
The Split Leaf Philodendron grows well in moist, well-drained soil. When placing it in a landscape, the direction of the stem growth needs to be considered. Drought conditions are not tolerable for the Split Leaf Philodendron at all.