Pothos plants come in many varieties, each with its own distinct leaf pattern and growing habits. Most pothos varieties can be trained to climb, though others are better suited to planters and pots on tables and dressers. Though each variety of pothos plants has slightly different care requirements, they are all considered low-maintenance and will thrive in most positions. Here are some of the most popular types of pothos plants to grow at home:
1) Marble Queen pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)
Marble Queen is one of the most popular and visually striking varieties of pothos, thanks to its large, green, and yellow heart-shaped leaves.
This popular houseplant grows in long tendrils and is perfect for hanging baskets. Also a good choice for pots on top of tall pieces of furniture, where its vines can be left to trail.
2) Golden pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)
In color, size, and structure, Golden pothos appear similar to the Marble Queen variety.
The difference between the two types of plants lies in the size and distribution of the yellow flecks on the leaves. In Marble Queen, the flecks are fine and evenly distributed. In Golden pothos, they appear as larger, randomly distributed patches. Like Marble Queen, Golden pothos is best suited to hanging baskets and containers atop tall furniture.
3) Silver pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)
Silver pothos is aesthetically like the Marble Queen and Golden varieties (and also a relative to the famed Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight). However, the flecks of lighter color on the leaves appear more silver than yellow. The leaves themselves are typically smaller.
Silver pothos can be trained to grow over furniture and around doorframes or left to trail from hanging pots.
4) Pothos n’joy (Epipremnum Aureum)
Also known as “pearls and jade”, this variety of pothos has dark green leaves with large distinctive pearl-grey patches. Pothos n’joy grows more slowly than other varieties and makes a great indoor plant for pots on desks, dressers, and tables.
Unlike other types of pothos plants, Pothos n’joy is sensitive to drying out and must be kept in moistened soil.
5) Jade pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)
Jade pothos has dark green heart-shaped leaves without the distinctive flecks of other varieties. This type of pothos needs plenty of light to grow but should not be placed in direct sunlight. With its larger leaves and shorter tendrils, Jade pothos is a popular choice for larger floor pots. To create a taller display, this plant can be trained to grow upwards around a centrally planted support.
6) Hawaiian pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)
Hawaiian pothos plants are similar in color to the Golden and Marble Queen varieties but have much larger leaves. This type of pothos makes attractive houseplants and can be trained to grow upwards around a central pole.
More so than any other variety of pothos, Hawaiian pothos prefers humid conditions and should not be placed in direct sunlight.
7) Manjula pothos (Epipremnum ‘Manula’)
The leaves of Manjula pothos are much broader than those of other varieties and have uniquely curved edges. The coloring of this pothos plant is also quite distinctive. The lighter patches on the leaves are a creamy silver color and vary quite dramatically in size. Manjula pothos does not climb as well as other varieties and would be best suited to a floor container or tabletop pot.
8) Neon pothos (Epipremnum Pinnatum)
Neon pothos has heart-shaped leaves typical of the genus. However, this type of pothos does not have the light flecks of yellow or silver seen on most other varieties. Neon pothos is easily recognizable by their vibrantly light green leaves. To keep their bright green appearance, Neon pothos should be grown in a well-lit spot.
9) Satin pothos (Scindapsus Pictus)
Despite its name, Satin pothos is not truly a member of the pothos genus. This plant is aesthetically very like the Marble Queen and Golden pothos, though with silver rather than yellow-flecked leaves. Satin pothos is native to Thailand and the Philippines, where it can grow to a height of three meters.
As a houseplant, Satin pothos is well-suited to high-hanging baskets as it does not climb as well as other pothos varieties.
Satin pothos adapts well to both low-light and well-lit areas, making it an ideal choice for homes without a lot of natural light.
For more, see our in-depth guide to pothos plant care at home.
Andrew is the Editorial Director at Petal Republic. He holds a BSc degree in Plant Sciences and has trained professionally at leading floristry schools in London and Paris. In amongst overseeing a global editorial team, Andrew's a passionate content creator around all things flowers, floral design, gardening, and houseplants.