Philodendron Rojo Congo

Philodendron Rojo Congo

Philodendron Rojo Congo

Say hello to my new friend Philodendron Rojo Congo. We met a couple of weeks ago, when this curiously coloured character found its way onto my desk. It took me several google attempts to ascertain it’s species, but I wasn’t completely surprised to discovered it to be yet another Philodendron – the Araceae family does after all, have close to 500 different species.

Philodendron Rojo Congo
Philodendron Rojo Congo

Philodendron Rojo Congo

The Philodendron Rojo Congo can be identified by the bright red colour of young foliage. As the plant ages, the lance shape leafs turn a deeper darker green while the leaf stems retain their deep Auburn hue.

Philodendron Rojo Congo
Philodendron Rojo Congo

From the ancient Greek “philos” which means “love” and “dendron”, meaning “tree”, the name philodendron describes the species’ propensity for winding around trees. But unlike it’s brother Monstera, the Rojo does not share this climbing character. Instead, like the Xanadu, this philodendron is self-heading, which means it grows upwards and outwards.

Philodendron Rojo Congo

Philodendron Rojo Congo
Philodendron Rojo Congo

Native to South America, the Rojo Congo prefers partial to shady areas but does not tolerate cold temperatures. This low maintenance perennial makes an excellent houseplant thanks to its sculptural appearance and good looks, plus it keeps the air clean while doing so.

Names: Philodendron Rojo Congo
Family: Araceae, native to South America
Water: At regular intervals – keeping the soil moist but never soggy
Location: Diffused natural or indirect sunlight like a northern exposure
Soil: Fast draining acidic to neutral soil
Toxicity: Toxic to pets and children

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Bohemian Rhapsody

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I have a soft spot for bohemian interiors. The earthy tones take me back home, to the highveld bush and Soutpansberg sunsets. But I’m perhaps even more partial to it because it so aptly describes my sister … a free spirit who’s homes are always filled with plants, rugs, patterns and colour.

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When it comes to creating this look you almost cannot have too many plants, rugs, patterns and colour. It’s a layered approach; textures over textures, pattern over pattern. What’s great about it is the fact that it works so well for both busy-, collector personalities as well as simplistic- less-is-more types. It’s also a great way to add colour without a drop of paint–although you want to opt for earthy, dirty tones and lift them up with a single bright spot colour.

Rattan and vintage furniture works super well with this style, so it’s a great approach if you’re decorating on a budget and shopping at thrift stores. Having said that, it’s important to use good quality pieces, like kilim or berber rugs so it doesn’t look dated and stale. Combine wooden surfaces with rough textures such as woven baskets, skins and scatter cushions or soften the look with a fluffy throw over tan leather.

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Accessorise with found objects like straw hats, an old guitar/ukulele or wooden sculptural pieces. Philodendrons make perfect plant companions with their dark jumbo leaves. To finish it off, add visual height by hanging planters with long leafy greenery like string of pearls or trailing jade.

Create the look: Bohemian

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I found some other great examples of this style–each with a slightly different character–to demonstrate how versatile this look can be. Click on the images to see each blog post; they’re all terrific!

Bohemian bedroom with geometric bedding, guitars and plants
Bohemian bedroom: plants like Philodendron Xanadu & Fiddle Leaf Fig + geometric fabric + guitars + wood – from gravity-gravity.tumblr.com

 

New Darlings - Living Room
Boho living room: tan leather + geometric rug + wood + plants + colourful scatter cushions + woven basket – from New Darlings

 

Alea & Joy dining room
Bohemian dining room: Plants + terracotta + wood + geometric rug + sheep wool – from DesignSponge

 

Neutral coloured boho chic living room
Neutral coloured boho chic: tan + geometric rug + leather + wood + plants + geometric pillows – from Kitka

 

Bohemian terrace
Bohemian Veranda: Wood + plants + rattan + colourful geometric pillows – from myscandinavianhome

 

Any other ideas for styling your space bohemian? Leave a reply, I’m keen to hear your thoughts!