Plant Love: The Philodendron Selloum

Although green is my favorite color and "natural" is probably the word that best describes my style, I'm not quick to express my love for houseplants ... probably because most die before I can write a decent post. But with you, Philodendron Selloum, I'm going public. There's no plant so forgiving, so adaptable, or so stylish.

I'll admit that when picking houseplants, I'm pretty shallow and only get them for their good looks. In the past, this has not worked out so well for my ego. I mean the only thing more depressing than a house with no plants at all is a house with a new plant dying a painful death on your dining room table. That is what failure looks like. There have been a few happy exceptions to my terrible track record— Long lasting, Easy Care Plants For Black Thumbs — but even those lasted just a few months. However, the Philodendron Selloum is a different story altogether.

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I bought a large plant for a whopping $12 from Home Depot last winter, and kept it indoors in a room that gets a decent amount of filtered afternoon sunlight. When the weather warmed in April, I moved it outdoors in full sun where it thrived throughout the spring, summer and early fall without me doing a single thing except watering it once a week. During that time, I snipped cuttings and placed them indoors where they lasted for months (!) without even changing their container. At this time I was practically ready to marry the plant. It came back indoors in late October where it has happily moved from room to room depending on my mood. I water it about once every week and a half, and it has seemed to thrive in every room, even those with relatively low natural light. Aside from continuing to sprout new leaves like a champ, it generally brings an upbeat tropical vibe to any space that it graces.

And, as it turns out, it's not only a pretty, easy-care rockstar, it's also on NASA's shortlist of best air-purifying houseplants. So basically, there is no reason you shouldn't go out and invite one of these beauties into your life.

(Images: Leah Moss)