Written By Ellie Jonas

Mccolley’s Finale Vs Prince of Orange: Picking Your Perfect Philodendron

prince of orange vs mccolley finale

Unlike some similar varieties of Philodendrons, McColley’s Finale and Prince of Orange resemble some similar features. This may make it difficult for beginners to distinguish between them. I have both these varieties of Philodendron in my garden and even being a Philodendron collector for a long time sometimes I get confused between them.

Both these varieties resemble some attractive and unique features that makes them more popular among gardeners. So, if you are planning to get both or any one of them to add that tropical touch to your indoor space then, you are in the right place.

Here I have shared detailed information about the similarities and differences between Philodendron McColley’s Finale and Prince of Orange. So, go through the post thoroughly before getting these interesting plants.

Mccolley’s Finale Vs Prince of Orange

Here are some common differences between these varieties of Philodendrons that will make it easier for you to identify them individually.

Table showing the overall differences in leaves of McColley’s Finale and Prince of Orange.

DifferenceMcColley’s FinalePrince of Orange
Size of Leaf15 inches in length and 8 inches in width.Almost the same length as McColley’s Finale with a length-to-width ratio of about 3:1.
Shape of LeafOval-shaped leaves turn to fully unfurled leaves when mature.Narrower and more elongated leaves with sharp tips.
Color of LeavesYoung leaves are vivid red in color that turns to dark green when mature.Boasts bright orange leaves when young that turn to lighter green with a yellowish tinge when matured.
SizeIt can reach a height and width of 1 to 3 feet.Typically reaches a height and width of 1-3 feet.

Resistant From Diseases

It is often noticed that a McColley’s Finale has more disease-resistant power under similar growing conditions than a Prince of Orange. McColley’s Finale gets less affected by diseases and also recovers fast. Erwinia carotovora is one of the most common diseases that affects both these varieties of Philodendron.

Over-watering the plant and improper drainage can lead to these diseases. Some signs that your beloved Philodendron is affected by diseases are unpleasant odor coming from the plant and dark green spots on petioles and leaves.

leaf differences

A McColley’s Finale and a Prince of Orange also get affected by fungal leaf spots. The fungal spores enter through the cut on leaves or stomata and makes your plant get affected by fungal diseases. Some common signs that your Philodendron is affected by fungal diseases are dark brown, dry spots on leaves.


Wife of Cora mc Colley Robert created Philodendron Prince of Orange in the 1980s. So, this variety of Philodendron is referred to as ‘family plants.

On the other hand, Philodendron McColley’s Finale is a hybrid of unknown Philodendrons created by Robert Mc Colley over 60 years ago. It is also referred to as Philodendron cherry red.

What Are the Similarities Between Mccolley’s Finale and Prince of Orange?

These varieties of Philodendron share a number of similar characteristics that you need to know to identify them individually.

Toxicity Level

Both these Philodendrons are highly toxic as they contain calcium oxalate. So, you should always keep your pets away from these plants. Consuming a McColley’s Finale or a Prince of Orange can cause mouth irritation, discomfort, vomiting, and intense salivation in pets.

Purifies Air

Both these varieties of Philodendron convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and thus, purify air. Their large leaves help them to remove toxic air from your home and help you to breathe clean and fresh air.

Watering Regime

As you all know Philodendrons love humid conditions. So, watering them twice a week during their growing season is a must. However, water your plants once every 10 days in winter. Always check the soil’s moisture level before watering as overwatering can cause severe damage to the plant. If you want more information on watering read this: Philodendron Watering Guide: Methods for Healthy Foliage

Requirement of Sunlight

Unlike all other varieties of Philodendron, McColley’s Finale and Prince of Orange prefer indirect, bright light to grow and thrive. So, placing them in east or west-facing rooms can be the best option. Always avoid direct sunlight and total shade.

Temperature Needed

Extreme heat or cold temperatures can be harmful to your Philodendrons. The ideal growth temperatures should range between 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. You can place your beloved plant outdoors during summer. However, avoid direct sunlight and place them in shaded areas.


Philodendrons prefer well-draining aerated soil. So, use loose soil by mixing equal parts of compost and potting soil. Theph. level of the soil should be between 6.4 to 7.3. you can also use a ready-made peat moss or Philodendron mix.

Humidity Level

Although Philodendrons can manage with 50% humidity, the ideal humidity level is 70 to 80 %. If you are in any dry area then, use a humidifier to encourage humidity level around the plant. Misting the leaves from time to time is also necessary.

Using Fertilizer

It is always suggested to fertilize your Philodendrons monthly during their growing period. Fertilizers with high nitrogen content are best for your plants. However, use fertilizer every 2 months in the fall and avoid fertilization during winter.

Managing Pests

Protecting your plant from getting affected by pests like mites and aphids is very important. Mites can be managed by using acaricides and maintaining leaf moisture. On the other hand, you can easily control aphids by using neem oil.

Proper Maintenance

to promote the growth of your Philodendrons you should prune off older base leaves. Use sharp sterile tools to remove yellow leaves.

Final Thought

Although a Philodendron macColley’s finale and Prince of Orange resemble similar features, they are different varieties of Philodendron. I hope it will be easier for you to identify them individually after knowing their differences and similarities.

So, get the plant of your choice today and add some beautiful color to your indoor space.

Let's Share and Care Together:
Photo of author
Written by

My name is Ellie Jonas, and I’m a writer, editor, and lifelong plant lover. With over 12 years of experience in growing different varieties of philodendrons and other indoor plants, I inspire and educate new gardeners with a focus on planet-friendly gardening practices.

Leave a Comment