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10 Pothos Varieties for Your Easy-Care Houseplant Collection

Add color and style to your collection with these low-maintenance, high-impact foliage plants.
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Devil’s Ivy

Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum) is the perfect houseplant for beginners and collectors alike. This trailing plant grown for its foliage comes with super-easy care and a diverse selection of leaf shapes and color patterns. Plant lovers can find the plant with leaves in solid shades of deep green, blue-green, and chartreuse, and even silvery or golden variegation. If you grow indoor plants, you’re sure to want to pick one up sooner rather than later—and maybe more than one.

These easy-care plants thrive in both low- or high-light areas, although they develop the best color when grown in bright, indirect sunlight. Pothos plants benefit from consistently moist soil and moderate humidity, but they tolerate dry air and occasional missed waterings. Some gardeners simply grow cuttings in water-filled vases.

Grow pothos in hanging baskets, or train them to climb a trellis or totem. Let them sprawl across the mantel or or even your desk. There are lots of ways to use and enjoy pothos in your home. Read on as we review some of the best pothos varieties to choose from.

Cebu Blue Pothos

Cebu Blue pothos is a true collector’s plant. It offers pleasant silvery-blue foliage with a distinct metallic sheen. The leaves are shaped more like elongated arrowheads rather than the rounded heart shape of other pothos varieties. With age and warm, bright growing conditions, mature Cebu Blue pothos can produce large, blue-green leaves with natural splits, similar to monstera.

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Glacier Pothos

Glacier pothos is a compact, highly variegated variety. It displays striking green leaves accented with broad patches of crisp white variegation that is flecked and splashed with silver and gray. Sometimes the leaves are asymmetrical. As is common with highly variegated plants, this variety grows a bit slower than other pothos types. The decorative variegation, slow growth rate, and compact habit make Glacier pothos an ideal selection for tabletop and desktop displays.

Global Green Pothos

Global Green pothos is an exciting new variety with leaves mottled in dark and light-green marbled variegation. Unlike older green-on-green variegated selections, the different colors are distinctly separated on Global Green pothos, with dark green typically on the outer parts of the leaf and lighter green toward the middle. Be sure to keep this one in bright light to maintain the integrity of the leaf pattern.

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Golden Pothos

Golden pothos has been the standard-bearer of the pothos line for decades. This traditional pothos variety displays heart-shaped emerald green leaves splashed and streaked with creamy gold. In lower light, some or all of the leaves might revert to solid green. When grown on a totem in warm, bright conditions, the leaves become quite large for added tropical appeal.

Jade Pothos

Sometimes the simplicity of a beautiful green leaf is just what you need. Jade pothos is one of the first four cultivars of this species ever to be introduced to the plant trade. It may actually be the closest to the wild Epipremnum aureum. Jade pothos shows off uniformly dark-green, heart-shaped leaves. Sometimes other varieties will revert to a similar coloration in lower light, but if there is any hint of yellow or white, it’s not jade pothos.

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Jessenia Pothos

Jessenia pothos displays heart-shaped green leaves liberally marked with chartreuse variegation. Like the closely related Marble Queen variety you’ll meet later on this list, every leaf on this plant is unique. The difference between the two varieties is in the color of the marking. On Marble Queen it will be white, while markings on Jessenia pothos are distinctly limey green. Jessenia is also a slow grower.

Manjula Pothos

Manjula pothos grows broad, heart-shaped green leaves with wavy edges and a wide assortment of variegation. Each leaf is different, marked with shades of white, silver, cream, and light green. Many leaves have large patches of green, while some are heavily flecked and splashed. There are typically no crisp distinctions between variegated leaf zones, so the creamy areas often include flecks of other colors.

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Marble Queen Pothos

Marble Queen pothos is a common pothos variety with green heart-shaped leaves and abundant creamy-white variegation. Each leaf is unique, and each stem might produce more or less variegation, depending on the particular plant from which it was propagated. If you propagate your own plants, be sure to select cuttings from highly variegated parent plants.

Neon Pothos

Neon pothos is distinct for its solid golden-chartreuse, heart-shaped leaves. The bright foliage has no variegation. Younger leaves have more intense color, taking on a slightly deeper shade with age. This variety requires bright light to develop full coloration. In lower light, the leaves turn duller and darker.

Pearls and Jade Pothos

Pearls and Jade pothos is another eye-catching variety that originated with Marble Queen. It features smaller white-edged, gray-green leaves that are streaked with white, cream, and gray variegation. The white sections often have flecks of other colors as well. It is smaller and grows more slowly than other pothos varieties.