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

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

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  • 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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lemonFresh On July 14, 2018 Obtained plant
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This looks more like Monstera by plantladylin Mar 1, 2018 9:59 PM 4

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