Pothos Varieties

Below is a summary of 10 Pothos varieties that are great to acquire as indoor plants.

Pothos is one of the first houseplants that we had in our home and is a common first plant to start with as a home owner or renter. The primary reason they are so popular is the Pothos plant is easy to maintain and rather durable (they don’t die easily).

Grow it downward via a hanging pot

Grow it upward via a moss pole

Grow it sideways via a mantle, book shelf, or window

Grow it in low light

Grow it indoors

Grow it outdoors (but not in direct sunlight)

Grow it with no watering during the weekdays

Grow it with only watering once on the weekend

Pothos are fun to collect as there are many varieties available. You can grow your own “collection” of Pothos varieties and create your own indoor jungle. Pothos also has a collegiate appeal, as they are an ivy and remind many of their free-spirited college days.

Jade Pothos
Jade Pothos is a classic plant. It has a single color of dark green and the leaves are shinny. This makes for a great kitchen or den plant as a design accent to the room.

Golden Pothos
Golden Pothos is a commonly used house plant for air purification and sleep enhancement purposes. The Golden Pothos is also the most popular variety and is commonly known as Devil’s Ivy. You can easily find Golden Pothos at your local garden center, nursery or big box store like Walmart, Lowe’s or Home Depot since the Golden Pothos is the most common of all Pothos plant types. They are easy to recognize as they have heart shaped green leaves with hints of golden highlights. They almost look as if they were nicked with a thin paintbrush while painting gold yellow stripes on an antique mantle clock. They are simple to grow and show an extreme tenacity for survival. I have gone 2-3 weeks without watering them while traveling on business and a few splashes of water brings them back to life.

Marble Queen Pothos
Marble Queen Pothos has a swirling variegation that some call a ‘cheesecake’ pattern. The white and dark green colors have a paisley swirl to them, forming an unique variegation. With less chlorophyll in the leaves, this plant is slower growing than other varieties.

Neon Pothos
Neon Pothos has a lime-green color across the entire leaf, hence the color is its namesake. The neon lime color almost appears to “glow in the dark” when the sun cast a beam of light upon its leaves during an early morning sunrise or at dusk. Neon Pothos is an unique variety with its heart shaped leaves and (solid) lime green color. Newly developing leaves have some of the brightest neon hues, while older (wider) leaves that are closer to the soil have a richer green to them. Also, the leaves will become denser in color if kept in a darker room with less light, whereas, those under brighter light (or direct light sunlight) tend to “glow” more. It is as tho the sunlight charges them with energy preparing them to glow before sunset.

Silver / Satin Pothos
Silver Pothos is unique in that the base color of the leaf is a dark green and the out edge of the leaf has a band of whitewash white trim. Additionally, the Silver Pothos has brush strokes of whitewash variegation, whereas the Satin Pothos has clearly defined white polka dots speckled on its leaves. This variety is heart shaped and dark green, with accents of pale white flecks. The Silver and Satin Pothos vary slightly in their white variegation patterns. The light white variegation will fade if the plant is in a shaded area for lengthy periods, so we recommend keeping this variety of Pothos in a bright room (but not in direct sunlight). Personally, I like the Satin Pothos with its crisp white dots over the Silver Pothos with its brush stroked (abrasion) white pattern. It is all personal preference and both patterns set themselves aside from the other varieties.

Pearls and Jade Pothos
Pearls & Jade Pothos is a patented type of Pothos. Created at the University of Florida, this Pothos has white tipped (heart shaped) leaves. The leaf is green and variegated with grey and white swathes. The 3 way blending of green, grey and white is unique and easy to spot among a gathering of its peers. The pattern looks like 3 dumped buckets of paint on a floor, wide spills of each color draining towards the leaf’s tip. Additionally, the leaves will appear to be smaller and less flimsy than other Pothos varieties.

N’Joy Pothos
N’Joy Pothos has smaller heart shaped leaves. The variegation of this plant is a bold white with a dark green core. It is a beautiful crisp plant that doesn’t resemble the broader leaves of other varieties. N’Joy is a newer variety and is becoming popular for its distinct look. The N’Joy Pothos needs a well lit room to maintain the bold white variegation “bleaching affect”. The dark green core will become more prevalent if the plant remains in a shaded (darker) location for a long period of time. Bright brings more white, low light brings more green in sight. The sun seems to bleach this variety. As with other Pothos with heavy variegation (non green coloration) patterns, the lesser the green, the slower the growth cycle.

Manjula Pothos
Manjula Pothos is slightly different than N’Joy Pothos in that it has curved edges similar to a Prayer plant. The color of the leaves is primarily white with some dark green and faded green blended in. There is no set pattern for the Manjula Pothos as the variegation pattern varies with each leaf on a vine – some are primarily a white blanket, some have streaks, some have swaths, and some have a few green speckles like a 4th of July sparkler burst green embers on a white pallet.

Jessenia Pothos
Jessenia Pothos is unique in that it has more of a marbled “cheesecake” variegation of yellow. Each leaf is different than the others and this variety is commonly confused with the Marble Queen variety. The difference in the two varieties is the Jessenia Pothos has more of a lime colored variegation than the bleach white variegation of the Marble Queen Pothos.

Cebu Blue Pothos
Cebu Blue Pothos is a variety that has stretched (arrow-shaped) leaves, much thinner and long than the typical heart-shaped variety Pothos. Lately, this Pothos variety has become extremely popular as an indoor plant with its unique visual affect – especially for those who collect Pothos varieties. Additionally, the arrow tipped leaf design has a blue-green hue and an eye catching bluish metallic shine to them. The length of their leaves are 3X their width. The leaves almost remind you of a chilly pepper silhouette or a long canoe design. This variety was originally found on the Cebu Island in the Philippines, hence when blending its origin with its blue hue coloration arrived its rhythmic name Cebu Blue.


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