Philodendron bipinnatifidum or Selloum is a striking philodendron with lovely leaves. The name philodendron comes from the Greek “phileo” which means to love and “dendron” which means tree. This species is often described as a non-climber which is not accurate: it does form a stem which falls over when the plant becomes too heavy but whenever it finds a tree, it will climb gladly and to considerable heights. When the tree falls over, the plant falls with him and grows in the created clearing. In temperate zones it will usually be grown as a plant on itself with a trunk and not as a climber.
The leaves are very big and deeply cut on very long stems, which gives the plant a very exotic look. It will need a big enough space as it can become quite ample.
It’s usually considered as an indoor plant but it’s more resistant than thought; it can resist slight frost for short periods down to 23F. This is supposedly the hardiest of all philodendrons, though not frost-hardy, where frost or freeze may kill the leaves or whole plant to ground-level, but it will usually come back when warm weather returns in spring. Nonetheless, it’s best to give protection during winter freezes or overwinter indoors.