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Pothos Varieties: 15 Beautiful Types to Get Your Hands On

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Here are 15 stunning Pothos varieties that you can grow at home. The term Pothos is used a little loosely, as many common names are, but it generally refers to plants in the Epipremnum genus, particularly the aureum species. Let’s take a look at some beautiful varieties of Pothos, along with photos and descriptions of the differences between the varieties.

While all Pothos can survive (and some can even thrive in lower light), they will do better if attended to and provided sufficient light.

15 TYPES OF POTHOS

1. GOLDEN POTHOS – Epipremnum aureum

This is THE original Pothos that many of us started our indoor gardening journey with, and the most commonly found pothos. Golden Pothos has heart-shaped leaves that are streaked with a golden-yellow variegation and is a really vigorous grower.

This tropical aroid vine is native to French Polynesia. In the wild, it often acts as a ground cover, and also rambles up trees.

Here is a Golden Pothos that I have growing on top of an armoire. Also known as Devil’s Ivy, it is arguably the most vigorous and easiest to grow type.

golden-pothos

The amazing part about Pothos, is that if you give it a support to attach and climb on, over time they will develop huge leaves with slits. Take a look at this Pothos that I photographed growing up a palm tree in Mexico.

In very mature plants, the leaves can even grow to 2-3 feet long!

2. MARBLE QUEEN POTHOS – Epipremnum aureum ‘Marble Queen’

This stunning variety of Pothos has fresh moss-green leaves and stems that are both streaked in white. Like any variety of plant that is extremely variegated, growth will be slower. In general, be sure to give any highly variegated plants a little more light and avoid locations that are too dark otherwise growth will be poor.

Photo Credit: Yercaud-elango, CC BY-SA 4.0

3. NEON POTHOS – Epipremnum aureum ‘Neon’

Stunning chartreuse leaves can’t help but be noticed! Newer leaves of Neon pothos will be brighter in color, and will deepen a bit as they mature.

For a more brilliant color, place this plant in brighter locations as darker locations will tend to wash out the color.

Photo Credit: Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz, CC BY-SA 4.0

4. VARIEGATED NEON POTHOS

Here is the variegated variety of Neon Pothos. This is probably one of the rarer varieties of Pothos and I’ve personally never seen one in person.

5. JESSENIA POTHOS – Epipremnum aureum ‘Jessenia’

This is a cultivar from Costa Farms and almost looks like a very variegated Golden Pothos. Costa Farms has stated that Jessenia is a stable sport of Marble Queen. Similar to “Marble Queen’, this is a slower growing Pothos.

6. MANJULA POTHOS – Epipremnum aureum ‘HANSOTI14

Very similar to Marble Queen, the shape of Manjula Pothos leaves seem to be wider and rounder. Manjula leaves have quite a variety of colors including cream, white green, some silver, and yellow-ish green.

7. PEARLS and JADE POTHOS – Epipremnum aureum ‘UFM12

Pearls and Jade Pothos is a patented sport of ‘Marble Queen.’ This variety has smaller leaves and is also slower growing than many other Pothos varieties. The variegation in this variety tends to occur more on the edges of the leaves, and tends to be a slower grower compared to less variegated Pothos varieties.

8. POTHOS N’JOY

My Pothos N’Joy

Often confused with Pearls & Jade Pothos, N’Joy lacks the tiny splashes of green on the leaves that are present in both Pearls & Jade as well as with Marble Queen.

It is a slower grower, although my plant has managed to grow more than 6 feet long (but it took 3 years to do so). Compared to Golden Pothos, this growth rate is very diminished. I’ve had Golden Pothos vines grow 6 feet long in just a few months.

9. CEBU BLUE POTHOS – Epipremnum pinnatum ‘Cebu Blue’

Unlike all the Pothos described above, Cebu Blue is actually a different species (pinnatum), but still falls in the same genus of Epipremnum. The leaves are narrower and. have a gorgeous silvery-green color. I’ve found that they are pretty vigorous growers.

10. JADE POTHOS – Epipremnum aureum ‘Jade’

Very similar to Golden Pothos, the Jade variety has solid green leaves. This is a great variety of Pothos for lower light since it is not variegated.

11. SNOW QUEEN POTHOS – Epipremnum aureum ‘Snow Queen’

This one is very similar to Marble Queen Pothos, but the variegation in Snow Queen is more consistent and has much more white variegation in it (hence the name). This is quite a stunner! Remember that growth is slow due to the highly variegated leaves and lack of chlorophyll.

12. HARLEQUIN POTHOS

I have not been able to find a credible source describing this variety, but I’ve included it here anyway since the name Harlequin has been occasionally thrown out there. If anyone know the origin of this plant, please comment on this post!

According to some sources, it is similar to Manjula Pothos, but with much more white variegation. Whether Harlequin is a separate variety or the same as Manjula is yet to be determined.

13. GLOBAL GREEN POTHOS – Epipremnum aureum ‘Asaoka Second’ PPAF

Global green is a unique Pothos that has dark green and light green mottled leaves.

14. GLACIER POTHOS – Epipremnum aureum ‘Glacier’

Beautiful green foliage with white variegation as well as silvery streaks make this a stunning Pothos! It is slower growing than many other Pothos.

15. SILVER or SATIN POTHOS – Scindapsus pictus

Last but not least, I’ve included this plant because it is commonly called Satin Pothos. It is an entirely different genus (Scindapsus), but is commonly called Silver Pothos or Satin Pothos.

It is interesting to note though that the “classic” Pothos, the Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum), used to be classified under the Scindapsus genus many years ago.

silver-pothos
Photo Credit: Mokkie, CC BY-SA 3.0

SOME CLOSING NOTES ON POTHOS TYPES

Like I mentioned earlier on in this post, the term Pothos is used a little loosely. Many people include Philodendron as a Pothos type, but this just adds to the confusion. Philodendron is a completely different genus from Pothos (which is the common name for plants in the Epipremnum genus), and really mostly refers to Epipremnum aureum.

In fact, there is often much confusion over how to tell the difference between Pothos (Epipremnum) and some very similar looking plants in the Philodendron genus. Check out my blog post that shows you my observations in distinguishing Pothos vs. Philodendron.

Included in the post are visual ways to tell the difference between the plain green Heart Leaf Philodendron, Philodendron ‘Brasil’, and Pothos or Devil’s Ivy.

Lastly, if you have had trouble propagating Pothos, check out my popular blog post:

Pothos Not Rooting? Top 10 Secrets Why You’re Failing

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