General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 12
Plant Height: To 75 feet and higher (23 m)
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Juvenile leaves are small and entire without holes or lobes; as they age they produce the fenestration.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Other: All parts of plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, an irritant to the mouth and esophagus. Toxic to cats and dogs. Fruit should not be eaten until ripe, approximately 1 year.
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Remove seed from berry which contains chemicals that inhibit germination.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic

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Common names
  • Split-Leaf Philodendron
  • Ceriman
  • Mexican Breadfruit
  • Swiss Cheese Plant
  • Hurricane Plant
Also sold as:
  • Philodendron 'Swiss Cheese Vine'

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Location: Croton ohio
Date: 2023-11-06
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2022-09-20
Location: Costa Rica
Date: 2019-02-28
Location: Orlando, FL zone 9b
Date: 2022-01-05
Taken at Leu Gardens in Orlando/Winter Park FL.
Photo by ApopkaJohn
Location: Botanical garden of Crete
Date: 2022-06-01
Location: Cypress Gardens, Florida
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2024-01-02
Location: Botanical garden of Crete
Date: 2022-06-01
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro
Date: 2010-01-15
Photo by ApopkaJohn
Location: Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida
Date: 2022-02-23
an outdoor patch
Location: Seville, Spain | April, 2023
Date: 2023-04-05
Location: Tampa FL
Date: Sept 2016
Fruit cleaned and ready to eat.
Location: Tampa FL
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida 
Date: 2021-06-16
Please pardon the Florida moisture and pokey nose.
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: Cypress Gardens, Florida
Location: Winston-Salem , NC (house plant)
Date: December 5, 2022
Swiss cheese plant #141 nn; LHB p. 183, 29-9-19, "Origin obscure"
Location: Canoga Park, California

Date: 2008-11-13
Location: San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-06
Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica | Old Photo
Date: 2022-12-21
Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Date: 2022-06-08
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2019-10-06
Split-Leaf
Location: Sanford, FL
Date: 2021-05-30
Location: Almere Jungle
Date: 2022-08-11
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro
Date: 2010-01-15
Photo by SleepyWhippet
Location: Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada 
Date: April 27, 2022.
A beautiful shiny and supple new leaf.
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2008-03-07
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2008-03-07
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-12-06
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2008-03-07
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2016-03-20
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2017-06-19
Juvenile and maturing leaves
Location: Hawaiian Acres, Hawai'i
Date: 4000-02-04
Mature leaves.
Location: Hawaiian Acres
Date: 3/14
Mature, yet young growth.
Location: The Natural State (Arkansas)
Date: 2021-10-29
Location: Oceanside, California 
Date: 2020-09-14
Lightly variegated sport
Location: Barcelona, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-04

Date: 2021-09-19
Location: Cypress Gardens, Florida
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2016-09-11
Location: Pasadena, CA 
Date: 2016-03-10
Indoor Split-leaf houseplant
Location: Almere Jungle
Date: 2022-08-11
Location: Almere Jungle
Date: 2022-08-11
Location: The Natural State (Arkansas)
Date: 2021-10-15
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Location: Biltmore, Asheville, NC
Date: 2014-03-02
  • Uploaded by bob
Location: Barcelona, Spain |April, 2023 (uploaded. This image is much older)
Date: 2023-04-03
Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden, Rock Island, Il.
Date: 2012-07-01
Photo by homer1958
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2016-03-20
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2016-03-20
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 2014-02-03
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: October 25, 2011
Location: Vander Veer Botanical Gardens - Davenport, Iowa
Date: 7-3-11
Location: Oceanside, California 
Date: 2020-09-24
Lightly variegated sport
Location: Madrid, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-02
Location: Kaua'i
Date: 2014-06-24

Date: 2009-07-28
Photo by ApopkaJohn
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 2014-02-03
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2019-10-06
Split-Leaf
Photo by SleepyWhippet
Location: Wallington Hall, Northumberland, UK
Date: 2015-03-27
Location: Almere Jungle
Date: 2022-08-11
Location: Almere Jungle
Date: 2022-08-11
Location: Almere Jungle
Date: 2022-08-11
Location: Sugar Mill Gardens, Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2013-01-18
Location: The plant for inerior design in one of the buildings in Helsinki, Finland.
Date: 2012-04-30
I made the pic while standing on the moving staircase.
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2016-04-21
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2016-04-21
Location: Halifax, VA
Date: 2024-01-13

Forest & Kim Starr [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/license

Date: 2012-12-29
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2013-02-19
Juvenile leaves
Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden, Rock Island, Il.
Date: 2012-07-01
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-12-29 
Maturing leaves showing holes and splits.

Date: 2011-10-25

Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Oceanside, California 
Date: 2020-09-14
Lightly variegated sport
Location: Oceanside, California 
Date: 2020-09-15
Lightly variegated sport
Location: Oceanside, California 
Date: 2020-09-16
Lightly variegated sport
Location: Oceanside, California 
Date: 2020-09-14
Lightly variegated sport
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-05-22
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro
Date: 2010-01-15
Location: Kaua'i
Date: 2014-06-24
Location: Canoga Park, California
Date: 2012-09-18
Location: Plano, TX
Location: Port Orange,  Florida
Date: 2013-08-16
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2016-10-26
Location: Plano, TX
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2016-01-01

Date: 2012-12-29

Date: 2012-12-29

Date: 2012-12-29
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2016-03-20
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 2014-02-03
Location: Sebastian,  Florida

Date: 2013-06-08

Date: 2013-06-08
Location: Ponta do Pargo - Madeira
Date: 2023-04-23
In an overgrown garden
Photo by SleepyWhippet
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-09-19
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Comments:
  • Posted by PeggyC (Graham NC USA - Zone 7b) on Nov 26, 2022 10:01 AM concerning plant:
    We had a beautiful Split Leaf in Central Florida.
    Neighborhood felines enjoyed the shade of the large leaves.
    The humans decorated the leaves with tiny white lights - woven in and out of the branches during Christmas holidays.
    We sold the house and moved 'home' to North Carolina - but made the mistake of returning to the on-line photos to see if they had been taken down.
    No, not taken down -- but another set was added.
    The Split-Leaf was removed along with most of the plants enjoyed by birds, bees and butterflies.
    I would like to think there will be KARMA for those responsible for it.

    Peggy
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Mar 31, 2022 10:12 AM concerning plant:
    This tropical plant is from southern Mexico and Central America. I've known it for years as an occasional houseplant that is easy to grow in bright indirect light. I finally saw it outdoors in Zone 10 in southern Florida in a shady place at a nice botanical park called Flamingo Gardens. I usually have just called it Monstera, but either Split-leaf Philodendron or Swiss Cheese Plant also works. It is theorized that the leaves having holes and splits is to help the plant catch sunlight better in the mostly shady tropical forest with breaks of direct sunlight.
  • Posted by yurikashtanov (St.Petersburg, or Sochi, or North Smolensk reg., Russia; Los Frailes, Ecuador - Zone 10a) on Jan 16, 2013 8:59 AM concerning plant:
    Widely used as plant for interior design.
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