Philodendron Golden Goddess vs. Thai Sunrise

Written by Jennifer Hollohan
Updated: July 28, 2023
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Selecting a new house plant is a fun undertaking. With so many options, it is easy to find yourself wandering around your local nursery for hours on end. And in your plant travels, you may discover that you return to the tropical and sub-tropical selections time and time again. After all, the plants have stunning foliage that can capture anyone’s attention. One such plant genus is the philodendron, which boasts nearly 500 lovely species. If you have narrowed down your choice this far, you still have some decisions to make. So, how do you choose?

This article explores two beautiful philodendrons to help guide your search. It takes an in-depth look at Philodendron Golden Goddess (Philodendron hederaceum ‘Golden Goddess’) and Thai Sunrise (Philodendron hederaceum ‘Thai Sunrise’). Keep reading to learn what makes each unique and how they are similar. 

Philodendron Golden Goddess vs. Thai Sunrise: Comparison

Finding the distinctions between two very similar species requires taking some time to examine specific characteristics. Doing so allows us to see how the plants compare and provides the information you need to decide which is the right fit. The chart below highlights some key characteristics of the philodendron Golden Goddess and Thai Sunrise. 

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Philodendron Golden GoddessThai Sunrise
Scientific ClassificationPhilodendron hederaceum  ‘Golden Goddess’Philodendron hederaceum ‘Thai Sunrise’
Common Name(s)Golden GoddessThai Sunrise
OriginsCreated in Thailand as a hybrid. Subtropical regions of Central and South America. 
SizeThe beautiful vines can reach up to 6 feet in height.It grows only 1 foot wide but can reach up to 3 feet tall.
LeavesBright and bold. Its color ranges from golden-yellow to chartreuse. The leaves are heart-shaped and slightly oblong. Shiny, dark, and lime-green. Each can reach 7 to 10 inches long. Leaves are variegated. 
Growing RequirementsIt is a relatively low-maintenance plant that requires light watering. Plant it in a container and place it in an area receiving little to no direct sunlight. It will start vining quickly. Since it is a tropical plant, it needs a decent humidity level and is not cold-tolerant. Propagate from seed or cutting. It needs regular fertilizer. Grow it outdoors in Zones 9-11.An easy plant to care for. It’s good for beginners and experienced growers alike. Place your plant in an area that receives indirect light. Fertilizer is optional. Since it is a tropical plant, it prefers warmer temperatures and a decent humidity level. Provide light, well-draining soil, and moderate watering. Add it to your outdoor display in Zones 9-11.
Fun FactsThis lovely plant is toxic to pets. So, if you have furry friends, you may want to forgo adding it to your home.This rare beauty is toxic to humans and animals.

Philodendron Golden Goddess (Philodendron hederaceum ‘Golden Goddess’) and Thai Sunrise (Philodendron hederaceum ‘Thai Sunrise’) belong to the large Araceae family. This large family has 114 genera and nearly 4000 species of flowering plants. Golden Goddess and Thai Sunrise are two cultivars. 

Even though these two cultivars are related, they have some distinctive traits. The two most prominent differences are in their size and leaves. Below, we will look at both of these a little more in-depth. Then we will explore how to care for both beautiful philodendron plants. 

Golden Goddess in a pot
Golden Goddess is a beautiful and bright addition to any home.


Philodendron Golden Goddess vs. Thai Sunrise: Size

Golden Goddess and Thai Sunrise are vining plants. They are perfect for container planting. And either will look lovely displayed in a hanging basket. However, you should know how large you can expect your philodendron of choice to grow.

Philodendron Golden Goddess plants can reach a whopping 6 feet long when they are well cared for. This length makes them ideal for larger indoor displays or outdoor spaces in Zones 9-11.

On the other hand, Thai Sunrise extends to only 3 feet long at maturity. While this is still a good size, you will not need to plan on too much extra space for your rare plant.

Philodendron Golden Goddess vs. Thai Sunrise: Leaves

The leaves are really where the two plants stand out. 

Philodendron Golden Goddess leaves are bright and bold. And they feel slightly rough to the touch. Their magnificent colors range from a bright golden-yellow to chartreuse. The heart-shaped leaves are oblong and on the shorter side. 

In contrast, Thai Sunrise leaves are variegated. The external portion of the leaves is a rich, dark green. And that is offset with lime-green sections on the inner part of the leaves. They are shiny and smooth to the touch. Additionally, Thai Sunrise leaves are quite long. They can grow from 7 to 10 inches in length.

Thai Sunrise in a pot
Thai Sunrise plants have variegated leaves.


Care for Your Philodendron

These two lovely plants have similar growing requirements and care needs despite their differences. Both are relatively easy to grow and do not require too much attention. That makes them ideal for beginners and experienced growers. If you take these simple steps, your philodendron should live a long and happy life.


Plant your philodendron in a decent-sized container, no matter which one you bring home (or both if you are feeling adventurous). You can place that container wherever you want, provided the spot meets a few basic requirements. The most important thing is to not place your philodendron Golden Goddess or Thai Sunrise in an area that receives direct sunlight. It may scorch their delicate leaves. Instead, find a spot with plenty of indirect sunlight and watch your new plants thrive!


Fertilizing your plants is optional. Both are heavy feeders, so they will grow faster and stronger with the added nutrition. But it is not crucial for their survival. If you add fertilizer, once a month during peak growing season is sufficient. Opt for a balanced, liquid fertilizer for easy absorption. 


However, both philodendron Golden Goddess and Thai Sunrise need proper watering. Additionally, they require a warm, humid environment. These tropical plants do best when their soil is not waterlogged. But it can be difficult to know when to water if the top layer of soil is dried out. Stick your finger down about an inch into the soil. If it is damp, hold off on watering your plant. On the other hand, if it is dry, go ahead and let your philodendron drink.

Both plants need a relatively humid environment. Your philodendron Golden Goddess can tolerate slightly less humid conditions. However, Thai Sunrise requires a spot with at least 50% humidity. And keep the area warm and comfortable for your plant friends. 

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Jennifer is a writer, Nutritionist, and Herbalist, and hobby gardener. She is passionate about writing and enjoys digging into new, unique topics. When not glued to the computer screen, she loves hanging out with her kids, working in her garden, and crafting crazy culinary delights.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Is the Philodendron Golden Goddess rare?

This hybrid plant is, indeed, rare. It is a cultivar developed in Thailand.

Does the Philodendron Golden Goddess climb?

As long as you give your Philodendron Golden Goddess good care, it will continue to grow. While it will take some time, these lovely plants can climb as high as 6 feet!

What is the best place to put a Philodendron Golden Goddess?

Since this is a tropical plant, it will do best indoors in most climates. Place your container in an area that receives indirect sun to protect the delicate leaves.

What is a Thai Sunrise?

It is an exceedingly rare plant and prized amongst collectors.

How do you care for a Thai Sunrise plant?

For the most part, it is relatively easy to care for. The main factor to consider is whether you can provide a stable, tropical-like environment. This plant needs a consistent temperature of 60°F to 75°F and a humidity level of no less than 50%. Beyond that, it needs light, rich, and well-draining soil.

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