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    20 Pothos Varieties: Most Popular, Rare, and Variegated Pothos!

    blog post authorVera Kutsenko
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    There's hundreds of pothos varieties - a few displayed here like the neon pothos, snow queen pothos, and marble queen pothos.

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    Pothos or also known as Epipremnum genus, with Epipremnum aureum being the most common,  is one of the most versatile indoor plants that you can grow at home. This hybrid plant can thrive in almost all indoor conditions and doesn’t require much attention. It is also commonly known as devil’s ivy, devil’s vine, Ceylon creeper, hunter’s robe, and ivy arum due to their fast growth and vining habit. Its common name devil’s ivy comes from the fact that it’s impossible to kill and stays green even in lower light conditions. 
    Pothos is native to tropical rainforests and can be found as an epiphyte on tree trunks. These popular houseplants come with a lot of benefits and are perfect for people who don’t have much time to take care of their plants. They love bright indirect light, but some varieties (non-variegated) can thrive in moderate indirect light to low light conditions. Whether you have a small apartment or are just looking for something easy-to-care-for plants - pothos is a perfect choice.

    What is a Pothos?

    Pothos is a flowering evergreen vine part of the Araceae family and is native to French Polynesia, Solomon Islands. It is also known as Epipremnum spp. With the most common species being aureum and has a wide variety of names in different regions. They are common houseplants that are very low-maintenance.
    This vine is popular as a houseplant because it's one of the easiest houseplants to care for. It is suitable for a wide range of indoor growing conditions and can tolerate low light levels. It is one of the most versatile houseplants and is recommended for beginners. Pothos has long, vines that grow as a climber making it great for trellises or hanging baskets or moss poles. Its leaves are heart-shaped and range from green to silver. 
    This plant is a prolific grower typically growing up to 2 meters in height or length. 
    Besides its beauty, Pothos has been shown by the NASA clean air study to remove indoor pollutants like formaldehyde, trichloroethene, toluene, and benzene.  Pothos is also a great variety to grow on top of aquariums because it absorbs nitrates from the water to grow. 
    A word of caution for furry friend owners because pothos is toxic to cats and dogs according to ASPCA because it contains calcium oxalate crystals that are toxic when ingested. 
    Pothos can often times be confused with Philodendron plants or Scindapsus plants, but these are two separate types of plants. We’ll cover the differences between them below.

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    Neon Pothos, or scientifically known as Epipremnum aureumNeon’, produces stunning, solid neon-green to lime-green or chartreuse-colored leaves. It can grow upwards of 1-2 feet a year. The leaves can also produce natural variegation from creamy green to darker green in color.
    Golden Pothos, Epipremnum aureum ‘Golden', is the OG of the pothos varieties out there. Golden pothos is distinguished from other pothos in their green and yellow variegation on the leaves. It’s a very prolific grower.
    Jade Pothos, Epipremnum aureum 'Jade', is a classic pothos to have. It’s a prolific grower that displays solid, deep green to dark green leaves. This variety is great for low light conditions since it lacks variegation. It’s also commonly called Green Dragon Pothos.

    Variegated Pothos Varieties

    Marble Queen Pothos, Epipremnum aureum ‘marble queen’, is a popular, variegated plant variety bearing speckled green and white variegation. It tends to be a slower grower than its solid-colored leaf counterparts.
    Manjula Pothos is a gorgeous variety is often times confused with the Marble queen, but the shape of the Manjula pothos leaves tends to be wider and rounder. The variegation tends to be more blocky with white coming out from the mid-rib of the leaf surrounded by a darker green color. Marble queen has more splotchy, spray paint-like variegation.
    Pearl and Jade Pothos, Epipremnum aureum ‘Pearls and Jade’ - UFM12, is another beautiful pothos variety. It’s almost a reverse of a Manjula pothos when it comes to its variegation. It has a green, blocky inside coming out of the midrib with white edges/surroundings.
    The leaves tend to be smaller than that of a Manjula and it’s a slower grower. This is also known as White Panther and is a patented variety of pothos.
    Pothos N'Joy can also be confused with the Pearls and Jade pothos and Manjula pothos. This pothos lacks tiny splashes of green on the leaves that are present on both pearls & jade, marble queen. Its variegation is a lot more blocky, and it’s also a slower grower.
    Harlequin Pothos is similar to Manjula pothos in its blocky variegation, but it contains a lot more white blockiness than the Manjula. Similar to the difference between Snow Queen and Marble Queen pothos. Naturally, it’s a slower grower than other pothos due to lack of chlorophyll.
    Epipremnum aureum ‘glacier’ is another stunning variegated pothos variety. It has mottled white and dark green variegation similar to a pothos n’joy.
    Jessenia pothos, Epipremnum Aureum 'Jessenia', is a cultivar from Costa Farms that can be confused with a Golden Pothos. However, Jessenia pothos has variegation that’s more of a combination of dark green to lime-green like a Neon pothos. The variegation is in a splattered pattern similar to the Marble Queen Pothos. It tends to be a slower growing pothos variety.
    Scindapsus pictus 'Argyraeus' - this “pothos”, wrongly named, is not a technical pothos, but part of the Scindapsus family so its leaves are less waxy and more textured. We’ve included it here because it's commonly referred to as a pothos variety. Satin pothos has deep green leaves with creamy green mottled dots speckled around the meaty parts of the leaf in between the mid-rib and the edges. The leaves have an almost metallic sheen.

    Rarer Types of Pothos Plants

    Hawaiian pothos or Epipremnum AureumHawaiian’ is a very exotic-looking cultivar. It grows large leaves that tend to be more oval shaped than other pothos varieties. These leaves have creamy yellow to deep green variegation stemming from the mid-rib of the leaf.
    Cebu Blue Pothos, Epipremnum pinnatum ‘Cebu Blue’, is a different species of Pothos than aureum. The leaves of Cebu blue are narrower and have a blue like sheen with the leaves being silver-green or blue-green in color. They are prolific growers.
    Baltic Blue pothos is a rarer variety of Epipremnum pinnatumBaltic Blue’. It grows longer, but with narrower leaves more similar to the Cebu blue pothos. Their leaves are also much darker green in color. This is one species that produces fenestrations in the leaves similar to that of a Monstera.
    Shangri La Pothos is a unique, rarer form of Epripremnum aureum. It comes in both solid and variegated forms and the leaves grow upwards and curl in on themselves. It’s a bit of an odd one! It reminds me of Alocasia Tiny Dancer in the way its leaves are upright - they almost look like they are dancing!
    Skeleton Key Pothos, scientifically known as Epipremnum pinnatum ‘skeleton key’ is a rare variety of pothos that grows leaves that at maturity are in the shape of a key with a broader lunar shape near the stem of the leaf with a pointed thinner edge coming out along the midrib to the end of the leaf.
    Global Green Pothos or Epipremnum aureum ‘Asoaka Second’ is a rarer variety of pothos that produces dark green and lime green mottled leaves. Think of it as a Manjula pothos but with lime green instead of white variegation.
    This Pothos is also misnamed as part of the Scindapsus family rather than Epipremnum family. Trebii Pothos or commonly known as Scindapsus pictus “treubii’ can often be confused with Satin pothos although they are different cultivars. Treubii pothos unlike satin has more silver-green leaves with dark green variegation. In a way, a reverse version of the Satin pothos.
    Epipremnum Amplissimum is a rare pothos varieties that has much longer, larger but skinnier leaves than other pothos varieties. It’s a rare form harder to find in commercial garden centers, but is sold for affordable prices.

    Pothos vs. Philodendron: What’s the difference? 

    Pothos and Philodendron are the most common to get confused as they are both vining and have similarly shaped leaves, however, they are two different species. The differences between the two lie in their leaf shape, growth habits, and care requirements.
    The easiest way to tell the two apart is through their leaves. Philodendrons have more distinct heart-shaped leaves that are skinnier with a softer texture. While pothos, have thicker and waxier/shinier leaves. This difference is most noticeable where the leaf connects to the stem with the philodendron curling inwards towards the stem to produce a heart shape.
    Another distinction is the way new growth emerges between these two plants. Pothos produce new leaves that unfurl while philodendrons produce new leaves initially cocooned in cataphylls (small leaves) that encase the new leaf. Once the philodendron leaf emerges from the cataphyll, the cataphyll will typically dry off and fall off. 
    Philodendrons can also tolerate lower light and cooler temperatures than the pothos.

    Pothos vs. Scindapsus: What’s the difference? 

    Both Scindapsus and pothos are part of the same family, Araceae. They differ in terms of care requirements and aesthetic features.
    Scindapsus foliage is variegated in silvery gray and has a glittering sheen. The leaves are also more textured and slightly thicker than the pothos. Scindapsus leaves, similar to philodendron, are more heart-shaped than pothos curling in where the leaf meets the stem. 
    Scindapsus are slower growers than the pothos which can grow up to a foot or two a month.
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    Common Pothos FAQs

    How many types of pothos are there?
    Kew Gardens has a total of 47 listings, but there may be more that are not identified yet.
    What is the rarest pothos?
    Skeleton Key pothos, Epipremnum Amplissimum, Harlequin Pothos are some of the less common and rarer pothos giving them a higher price tag.
    What is the fastest growing pothos?
    Rate of growth in a pothos plant is determined by the amount of chlorophyll. Jade pothos, which contains the most chlorophyll, is the fastest growing out of all the pothos varieties. Variegated pothos that contain white are slower growers.

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