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Pothos plants, or Epipremnum aureum, come in many varieties. In this article, we go over some of the most common different types of pothos plants that people have in their homes.
Pothos are some of the easiest houseplants to care for and to keep. They are originally from French Polynesia where they grew on the tropical forest floor.
They are hardy and can handle new plant owners learning the ins and outs of taking care of indoor plants.
Pothos plants are also commonly called Devil’s Ivy. They grow long vines that can trail up to 40 feet in length on some varieties.
Light requirements of pothos plants vary depending on the variegation of the plant. The more variegated varieties of this plant need brighter light than the less variegated varieties.
Watering requirements for pothos are easy. They prefer soil to be on the moist side, but if the soil dries out between waterings that is ok. Just be sure to never let your pothos sit in soggy soil or stagnant water.
For more info on Pothos Plant care, check out our Plant Care Guide for Pothos Plants.
The Most Common Different Types of Pothos Plants
Golden Pothos is one of the most common of the pothos varieties you will find sold in many big box stores and plant nurseries.
They are variegated, with a mostly green leaf that has golden-colored variegation.
Golden Pothos don’t need as much light as the other variegated varieties of pothos. These types of pothos plants can do well even in a north-facing window.
Marble Queen Pothos
The Marble Queen Pothos is one of the more common highly variegated pothos varieties.
It has very variegated leaves that have both green and white colors.
This type of pothos plant does need more light than a golden pothos but does not need direct sunlight. Bright indirect light does well for Marble Queen Pothos.
Snow Queen Pothos
Snow Queen Pothos are similar to the Marble Queen Pothos.
The main difference between the two plants is that the Snow Queen has more white in the leaves than the Marble Queen has.
Neon Pothos is another one of the most common pothos plants sold in stores. You will often see this type of pothos in big box stores along with the golden pothos.
The leaves of the Neon pothos are bright light green with no variegation.
This type of pothos can be in low-light environments. Due to this, it is common to see them in offices.
Manjula pothos (Epipremnum Manjula) is a type of pothos that is patented by the University of Florida.
The leaves have a curl or wavy appearance to them and very distinct variegation with white and green colors. The leaves also have a more glossy appearance than the other types of pothos plants.
The Manjula pothos does best having bright light. Not having enough light can cause the plant to lose some of the variegation.
Pearls and Jade Pothos
Pearls and Jade Pothos plants are similar looking to the Manjula pothos.
The main difference between the two is that the leaves do not have the curl to them that the Manjula has.
Pearls and Jade pothos also have flecks of green in the white portion of the leaf, this is the easiest way to tell the difference between a Pearls and Jade and a N’Joy Pothos.
This type of pothos also grows more slowly than the other varieties.
What sets N’Joy Pothos apart from Pearls and Jade or Manjula Pothos is that the white part of the variegation has no green flecks in it. Also, the green part of the leaf is in the center, and the white part is on the outside of the leaf.
The variegation on a N’Joy Pothos will vary depending on the light levels. For more variegation keep the plant in brighter lit areas.
Satin pothos (Scindapsus pictus), is not technically a pothos. But it is called a Pothos. You can think of it as a cousin to pothos that just gets lumped into the main part of the family.
The leaves on the satin pothos are very different from the other pothos types. It has silver splashes on a dark green heart-shaped leaf.
They also go by the name Satin pothos, silk pothos, silver pothos, or silver philodendron.
Like the other types of photos, Satin pothos is very easy to care for and will grow in a vine-like fashion. They do need bright indirect light and don’t do well in low-light areas.
Jade pothos are a classic pothos plant with non-variegated darker green leaves.
They do well in low light conditions and are another type of pothos that is commonly seen in office buildings or bathrooms.