Philodendron X 'Snowdrift' is a very unusually variegated, scandent Philodendron hybrid. Information circling around the web has it that it is a hybrid of P. pinnatifidum (Jacq.) Schott and P. giganetum Schott, however this information is not confirmed. Juvenile leaves of Philodendron X 'Snowdrift' start out very bright, almost white, with small green flecks. With every new leaf, the previous one turns a to light green.
This hybrid is know in some Asian countries as Philodendron 'Green moss' variegata. It is the same hybrid as Philodendron x 'Jungle fever', but clearly exhibits different variegation. There have been reports from some growers that the variegation of both these plants is very climate/ condition dependant and that they are in fact one and the same plant. However, all the plants we have grown, both 'P. Snowdrift' and P. 'Jungle fever' have always remained by their variegation type and never showed signs of 'turning' into each other. Compared to Philodendron X 'Snowdrift', the 'Jungle fever' has very blocky variegation of at least three or four shades of green and/ or yellow and its variegation is very variable from leaf to leaf. On the other hand, leaf blades of Philodendron 'Snowdrift' always exhibit the same pattern - white with green specks when juvenile, turning to green when mature. If any new information emerges about either of these plants, we will make sure to keep it updated.
From the Modern Latin genus name Philodendron (Schott, 1830), from Greek philodendron, neuter of philodendros "loving trees," from philo- "loving" (see philo-) + dendron "tree" (from PIE *der-drew-, from root *deru- "to be firm, solid, steadfast," also forming words for "wood, tree"). The plant so called because it clings to trees.
Philodendron X 'Snowdrift'
Name: Philodendron X 'Snowdrift'
Type: herbaceous evergreen
Form: scandent chamaephytes
Native Range: hybrid/ cultivar
Sun: Part shade
Tolerate: Semi Shade
Taxon identifiers: none recorded (hybrid/ cultivar)
Synonyms: none recorded