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Plant lust: 'Black Gold Philodendron'

What was I thinking? I let houseplant lust take over during a recent visit to Logee's and I came home with Black Gold Philodendron (Philodendron melanochrysum).

When I saw it the first time, I was struck by the color of its leaves: iridescent black-green with pale green veins. Then I circled back to admire it again and before I knew it I was on my way to the register.

I didn't realize it was a rare plant. (Surely the price should have tipped me off.) I was told at checkout that it is difficult to propagate, which increases its rarity status.

I've been carefully watching it, and trying to decide which place it will be happiest in my home. (It developed that yellow lower leaf when it was too close to my growlights. Now in its new spot, it gets indirect sun in the living room.)

I've been doing some planty research via Google, and it turns out this will become a fairly large plant, and will eventually need a pole to grow on for support. It's poisonous, too, so I need …

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