The Pothos plant is a tropical vining indoor plant, very frequently confused with Philodendrons. However, though the two plants share similarities, they are very different.
Amongst this family of plants, there are multiple types of Pothos, so the word Pothos can––and usually is––used somewhat loosely. However, all Pothos type plants are of the same Aureum species, despite the different varieties. Since these plants are essentially the same, they also have common issues like pothos leaves turning yellow, mealybugs, and scales. However, they are also low-maintenance, so with proper care, these issues should be quickly resolved.
Additionally, though they all share many traits, each type of Pothos plant is unique and lovely all on its own.
The most commonly seen Pothos plant is the Golden Pothos. It is characterized by its lush green leaves, with random spots of yellow seen throughout. These spots look artistic and effortlessly beautiful, livening up any home environment these plants are placed in.
Although the Golden Pothos plant is a type of Pothos, oftentimes the entire Pothos species is referred to as Golden Pothos. The nice thing about these plants is they are relatively easy to propagate and like all types of Pothos plants, easy to care for as well. This trailing Pothos plant is ideal as a stunning backdrop for a shelf, cupboard, or hanging basket.
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If you see a trailing house plant with bright, lush green leaves that are almost perfectly heart-shaped, chances are it’s a Neon Pothos. These plants are named so because of the neon green shade of their leaves, along with a healthy sheen that creates a neon-like appearance.
Due to its rich green color, Neon Pothos plants can be placed anywhere in the house, either as a centerpiece or as a background accent. However, keep in mind that Neon Pothos prefer bright indirect light in order to thrive. It's relatively easy to start a neon pothos care routine, just make sure they get enough sun, water, and humidity.
Variegated Neon Pothos
Variegated Neon Pothos plants aren’t just a type of Pothos, they’re a variety of Neon Pothos. These plants are rare and feature light-colored lines with specks of color on the neon green base. The unique variegation of this Pothos type is perfect for any room in the house.
Marble Queen Pothos
This trailing vine is a common type of Pothos plant. Marble Queen Pothos plants have a distinctive appearance, with white and green marbling on their leaves.
The concentration of green and white varies from plant to plant, and sometimes even from leaf to leaf. The high levels of white in the leaves of a Marble Queen Pothos indicate a lower amount of chlorophyll in the plant’s system.
Due to these low levels, their growth rate is very slow. Additionally, if this type of Pothos plant doesn’t get enough light, the leaves will turn more green to make up for the light deficiency. Marble Queen Pothos are ideal as table plants.
Snow Queen Pothos
The Snow Queen Pothos plant is a close relative of the Marble Queen Pothos plant. The major difference is that a Snow Queen Pothos has more white in its leaves. This means that it has an even slower growth rate than its relative, due to the marked lack of chlorophyll in its leaves. Since these are such slow- growing plants, they’re ideal for almost any room in the house and can do well no matter where you choose to feature them.
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A Manjula Pothos is identified by its unique leaf shape and design. They are have a heart shaped leaf, with a curved tip, but that’s not all. The coloring of its lush foliage is also very peculiar.
They feature variegated leaves that have spots or marble-like designs on them, along with patches of solid color, all in varying shades of green, cream, and white.
Manjula Pothos plants look best in more formal settings, especially when placed against a neutral backdrop, with access to bright, indirect light.
A Jessenia Pothos plant features variegated leaves in shades of green and cream yellow. The dark and light green colors create a beautiful contrast, while the cream color makes each leaf look like a work of art, with every leaf unique.
These plants are often referred to as ambience creators, ideal for any space in the home. However, when placing them, they should be situated at eye level or lower, so that people can see the unique leaf patterns. Be sure to keep them somewhere nice and bright!
Global Green Pothos
Global Green Pothos is another unique and rare type of Pothos plant. It is characterized by its dark green leaves, with spots of a lighter shade of green. The mottled leaves create a beautiful pattern, making it ideal as a decorative focal point for any room, even in a formal setting.
These Pothos plants need bright indirect light, a bit of humidity, and moderate room temperatures to stay healthy indoors. Misting them or investing in a humidifier can help keep them happy from day-to-day.
For additional tips on how to best care for your Global Green Pothos, be sure to consult our app. We strive to make plant care fun and stress-free!
Cebu Blue Pothos
Cebu Blue Pothos is a very rare type of the Pothos house plant. Although technically it’s only an honorary Pothos, as it belongs to a different species. But gardening pros still refer to them as Pothos!
These plants are characterized by their arrow-shaped leaves in shades of dark green to dark blue, and are often seen with a glossy, metallic sheen.
They flourish best in bright indirect light and don’t like low temperatures, much like all other types of Pothos plants. These are exotic plants that are ideal for a more modern setting.
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The Hawaiian Pothos plant displays exotic-looking, large leaves, with a variegated pattern and is a cultivar of the Golden Pothos. The most prominent color in the leaves is a bright green, with daps and specks of a lighter green and cream color that follows the veins of the leaves.
The Hawaiian Pothos often grows with aerial roots, which gives it its characteristic tropical, forest-like appearance. It should be pruned regularly if you want thick foliage and like other Pothos, enjoys a humid environment, with warmer temps and indirect light.
The Glacier Pothos is a variegated variety of Pothos. It is characterized by its stunning pattern on its leaves featuring shades of dark green and cream, mingled to create unique patterns on every leaf.
The Pothos plant leaves are soft and broad, and almost look as though they are sculpted. The small size of this plant makes it ideal for placement on tables and desks. It performs best when it has access to bright, indirect light, otherwise the leaves will turn darker.
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Another honorary Pothos, Trebi Pothos, is given its name due to the similarities in appearance between this plant and other Pothos types.
Like the Cebu Blue, the leaves of a Trebi Pothos plant also tilt and bend sideways. However, the back lobes of the lance-like, heart-shaped leaves are not very pronounced.
Additionally, the leaves of a Trebi Pothos are dual-shaded, with a solid green base and silver green that creates the unique pattern on top. Trebi Pothos plants look best when placed against dark backgrounds and look beautiful in corners of the home. Like many others, the Trebi Pothos plant is very low maintenance. Be sure to consult our plant care app for some additional care tips.
N-Joy Pothos is a more recent addition to the Pothos family. The variegated leaves display a pattern of white and green vertical patches. The shade of green seen in the leaves changes according to the age of the plant as well as the amount of light it gets.
An N-Joy Pothos is hard to find and should be placed at eye level so that it receives the attention and admiration it deserves. These plants do very well in moderate lighting conditions, and are slow growing, making them ideal indoor plants.
Pearls and Jade Pothos
This elegant variety of Pothos makes a perfect accent for almost any room in the house. The variegated leaves display a mingling of shades of jade green and cream. The entire plant almost has an Oriental look to it.
The pattern on the leaves kind of looks like a watercolor painting, because of its smooth merging. These plants should ideally be placed in a more formal setting, against an elegant art piece, or around Oriental furniture.
These plants are climbers that should only be watered when necessary. For additional tips or help creating a watering schedule, be sure to check out our app.
As you can see, there are many different types of Pothos plants, with their own unique features and qualities. However, they’re all similar in their Pothos plant care and needs. They are also relatively low-maintenance, which is part of what makes them so popular.