Pothos varieties: the most beautiful types of pothos plants


I study landscape ecology and through my studies have discovered a love for plants. Plants are not only beautiful, but also have countless fascinating survival strategies. To bring a bit of nature into my home as well, I nurture my houseplants and herbs on every possible windowsill.

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Pothos, also known as devil’s ivy, is one of the most popular houseplants and there are many different types of pothos plants. Keep reading to find out about some of the most beautiful pothos species and varieties.

A highly variegated pothos plant
Variegated pothos varieties are a gorgeous addition to any houseplant collection [Photo: Firn/ Shutterstock.com]

There are 15 different species of pothos worldwide and, despite the fact that pothos are poisonous, they are popular houseplants. The golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) and Epipremnum pinnatum are probably the most popular and well-known pothos varieties kept as houseplants. The appearance of your pothos is largely dependent upon which variety you choose. In this article, we have put together a list of our favourite pothos plant types for you to check out.

Tip: Despite its misleading name and some similarities in appearance, the so-called satin pothos (Scindapsus pictus) is not in fact a pothos at all. It does, however, also belong to the Araceae family, which explains some of the similarities.

Epipremnum aureum

Epipremnum aureum is one of the best-known species of pothos. Its heart-shaped leaves alternate sides on the stem. The colour and pattern of the leaves can vary depending on the variety.

  • ‘Golden Queen: The golden queen variety, also known as golden pothos, is probably the most common pothos variety. The golden pothos bears green leaves with golden-yellow variegation.
Trailing golden pothos
The ‘Golden Queen’ pothos has a beautiful, splashed variegation, making it an interesting addition to any room [Photo: Firn/ Shutterstock.com]
  • ‘Glacier’: This pothos variety’s leaves are green with white stripes, sometimes streaked grey and silver.
  • ‘Jade’: Jade pothos’ leaves are dark green. This cultivar bears monochromatic leaves without any pattern and thus comes very close to the original Epipremnum aureum.
  • ‘Shangri La’: The unusual green leaves of this variety curl in on themselves and are extremely shiny

Note: One pothos not enough? Then we have just the article for you on propagating pothos plants. Planting multiple specimens in a pot also makes the plant appear denser and lusher.

Epipremnum pinnatum

Epipremnum pinnatum is another type of pothos plant found in many homes and looks very similar to Epipremnum aureum when young. In nature, the leaves divide as the plant becomes older and larger, resulting in a pothos with holes reminiscent of the monstera.

Pothos N-Joy leaves
White variegation is also common in pothos plants, as seen in the pothos N-Joy [Photo: Emily AH/ Shutterstock.com]
  • ‘Marble Queen’: The ‘Marble Queen’ pothos features stunning white and green marbled foliage.
  • ‘Cebu Blue’: The elongated leaves of this pothos variety are silvery-green-blue.
  • ‘N-Joy’: Another variegated pothos variety, the ‘N-Joy’ pothos green and white leaves are certainly eye-catching.
  • ‘Neon’: This variety’s leaves are almost neon yellow-green.
Neon pothos leaves
This pothos variety is practically neon [Photo: phumpat/ Shutterstock.com]

Note: Even within a species, the colour and patterning of the leaves vary greatly and are influenced by factors such as location. The leaves lose their pattern and turn green if the plant is kept in too dark a spot.

Other pothos species exist, but not all of them are ideal for keeping indoors. Epipremnum amplissimum and Epipremnum giganteum, for example, are rare species that are nonetheless suitable as houseplants. Both have elongated, lance-shaped leaves.

Once you have decided which variety you want to grow at home, why not read our articles on how to plant pothos and how to care for pothos.