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12 Types Of Pothos To Improve Your Collection


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Pothos is one of the first houseplants that many plant novices start out with, and for good reason. It’s easy to care for and highly versatile, as you can:

  • Grow in hanging pots and it will cascade downward
  • Grow it up a plant totem or moss pole
  • Grow it horizontally on table tops, mantles, or windowsills

You can grow it in low light, but it will truly thrive in brighter indoor spaces. It also does not require a lot of water— you just have to ensure that the potting soil gets moist, not dripping wet.

The best bit is that there are so many unique pothos varieties available, so you can grow your very own pothos jungle full of colorful variegation and trailing beauty.

Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos house plant for air purification and sleep
The most popular variety, golden pothos is also known as Devil’s Ivy. Source

You can easily find golden pothos at your local garden center or nursery, since they’re the most common of all pothos plant types. They’re easily identifiable as they have telltale heart-shaped green leaves that are splashed with golden hues.

Also known as Devil’s Ivy, the golden pothos is quite resilient and probably the easiest to grow of all of the pothos varieties out there.

Marble Queen Pothos

Pothos leaves curling can be due to many reasons
Marble Queen pothos has a beautiful variegation, but needs a bit more light to thrive.

Marble queen pothos is another common variety of pothos out there, and has a ‘cheesecake’ type of look to it. The white and dark green are interwoven together kind of like a tapestry or knit blanket, forming a gorgeous variegation.

They are a highly variegated variety, and as a result will grow slower as there is less chlorophyll in each leaf. You may want to move them closer to a light source or windowsill to spur their growth.

Neon Pothos

A light, lime-green color across the entire leaf makes neon pothos true to its name
A light, lime-green color across the entire leaf makes neon pothos true to its name. Source: Josh’s Frogs

Neon pothos is a unique type of pothos. The heart-shaped leaves a bright, lime green color! The younger, budding leaves have brighter hues, while the older, mature ones have a deep tinge of neon to them.

If you want your Neon pothos to have that signature striking neon color, then grow them under bright light. In low or dim light, the leaves tend to remain dull and dark.

Jessenia Pothos

Jessenia has more speckled and marbled coloration, but yellow instead of white
Jessenia has more speckled and marbled coloration, but yellow instead of white. Source: Houzz

Jessenia pothos have light green heart-shaped foliage spiked with greenish-yellow hues. Every leaf of Jessenia pothos will turn out different than the rest, just like Marble Queen. Jessenia also tends to grow much slower than non-variegated pothos due to lack of chlorophyll.

You’ll be able to easily differentiate between Marble Queen and Jessenia as the limey-green variegation of Jessenia is much darker than the lighter, whiter variegation of Marble Queen.

Manjula Pothos

Manjuula has a combination of marble queen and N'Joy coloration
Manjuula has a combination of marble queen and N’Joy coloration. Source: Fronde on Etsy

Manjula Pothos is actually a patented variety of pothos, which was originally produced by the University of Florida. The key differentiator between Manjula and other types of pothos is that the heart shaped leaves of Manjula pothos have curvy edges that refuse to lay flat.

Also, the leaves are variegated with hues of cream, silver, white, and green. As with other pothos types, your Manjula pothos leaves will also differ from each other; some will have large green patches and others will be heavily freckled and painted with the other hues.

Plus, the variegation of Manjula leaves is not clear cut, so you can expect specks of green on the whiter areas.

Pearls and Jade Pothos

Pearls & Jade has white-tipped leaves
Pearls & jade pothos has white-tipped leaves. Source: Hirt’s Gardens

This is also a patented type of pothos Epipremnum aureum and was produced by the University of Florida. Pearls and Jade Pothos has green leaves that are variegated with silver-gray and white hues. You can spot it out amidst an assortment of pothos types by looking for their variegation patterns.

The variegation on the leaves of jade pothos appears on the edges rather than the center. Plus, the whiter portions of the foliage are usually clouded with green and silver-gray shades. Pearls and Jade Pothos have relatively smaller leaves than other pothos varieties and they tend to grow slower too.

Silver / Satin Pothos

One of the most striking coloration patterns, Scindapsus pictus is one of the only varieties not named Epipremnum
One of the most striking coloration patterns, Scindapsus pictus is one of the only pothos varieties not named Epipremnum. Source: wlcutler

This variety of pothos Epipremnum aureum sports gorgeous dark green, heart shaped foliage. The dark green of the leaves is speckled with silver. This type of pothos is also known as Satin Pothos or Silver Pothos. The foliage of Silver Pothos is smaller than other types.

The vine like quality and the sparkling look of the silver satin pothos leaves makes it a fantastic addition to your indoor jungle. Just place it in a hanging pot and let the leaves go where their hearts desire. For the brightest shades of silver, make sure you keep it in bright yet indirect light.

N-Joy Pothos

N'Joy almost doesn't even look like pothos with its striking variegation
N’Joy almost doesn’t even look like pothos Epipremnum aureum with its striking variegation. Source: blumenbiene

This is one of the newer pothos varieties among other types of pothos available on the market. It also has variegated light green leaves that are heavily dappled with white, and the variegation is largely distinct. You can make the white variegation grow and spread on the foliage if you keep N-Joy Pothos under bright light.

Pothos N-Joy will be as easy to grow for you as any other type of pothos Epipremnum aureum. Just keep it near a light source in your home and see the vine thrive! However, be patient with it since it grows slowly.

Cebu Blue Pothos

Striking arrow-shaped leaves that split as they mature make up the Cebu Blue pothos.
Striking arrow-shaped leaves that split as they mature make up the Cebu Blue pothos.

This is a special variety of pothos Epipremnum aureum and  is the closest to my heart. If you are wondering why, well, it does not sport the signature heart shaped foliage of pothos. Instead, Cebu Blue Pothos have arrow shaped blue-green leaves. Also, usually these leaves have a slight bluish-metallic gleam to them that makes it unique from other types

The younger leaves are usually vaguely shaped like arrows, but if you give Cebu Blue Pothos enough brightness, then the leaves will enlarge and form natural splits! However, they do require time to mature, so you’ll have to be patient.

Baltic Blue Pothos

Have you ever wanted to grow monstera, but you’ve shied away due to the extra care required to do so? Well, Baltic Blue is for you! This pothos Epipremnum aureum with dark green leaves has the swiss cheese-like holes that a monstera does with the added ease of caring for a pothos plant.

Another great aspect of growing Baltic Blue is it grows the holes in its dark green foliage much earlier than monstera does. It’s adaptable to almost any growing environment, from moss poles, to lateral desks, even freefalling from hanging planters.

Snow Queen Pothos

Another lovely white and green variety, Snow Queen is similar to Marble Queen Pothos. The biggest difference is Snow Queen has much more white, with speckles of green present.

Like other white pothos varieties, the leaves lack chlorophyll and grow much more slowly than rich green types. Therefore give it a bit more light than you would Marble Queen or green-leaved pothos.

Harlequin Pothos

Harlequin pothos plants are suspected to be highly variegated cultivars of Manjula rather than their own separate cultivar. However, that’s what makes it so lovely. It has much more white than Manjula, with more solidity between the colors.

It’s difficult to propagate the intensely-variegated Harlequin as chlorophyll is lacking here. Therefore, it’s a great plant for those who want to care for just one, or for those who like a challenge. Because it’s the rarest of pothos Epipremnum aureum plants, snag one if you can!

Glacier Pothos

This pothos is yet another starkly-variegated variety. What separates it from the rest is it’s stature, as it grows slightly smaller than other cultivars. These climbing plants truly thrive when planted with a moss pole, or when they are trained to climb upward.

This particular cultivar, with its rounder leaves is difficult to find in the plant trade. Because it’s smaller, it’s a great addition to small spaces or offices where a compact growth pattern is appreciated.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many types of pothos are there?

A: There are 15 different species and numerous associated cultivars of pothos in the world today.

Q: What is the rarest type of pothos?

A: Harlequin pothos is the rarest cultivar.

Q: How do I know what type of pothos I have?

A: The leaf variegation patterns are the key to knowing which cultivar you’re working with.

Q: What is the most common pothos plant?

A: You’re most likely to find the Golden pothos in the commercial market.

Q: Do pothos cry?

A: Not exactly! If you see your pothos leaves dripping liquid, this is most likely a result of the process of guttation. This is an indication the soil has so much water in it, the roots push it upward and out of the plant through the leaves.

Q: What is the fastest growing pothos?

A: If you are looking for a pothos that grows prolifically, look for pearls and jade pothos.

Q: Which pothos is money plant?

A: The Golden Pothos is also commonly referred to as the Money Plant.

Q: Should pothos trail or climb?

A: While some pothos varieties don’t seem to have a preference, all will do well if they’re grown vertically on a moss pole, or when they’re allowed to trail upward.

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