May 04, 2020

Epipremnum aureum, also known as the Pothos plant is a species native to Moorea in the Society Islands of French Polynesia. This popular houseplant is found in temperate regions, as well as tropical and sub-tropical forests, including northern Australia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Pacific Islands and the West Indies. 

The Pothos plant has numerous common names; they include:
  • Golden pothos
  • Ceylon creeper
  • Hunter's robe
  • Ivy arum
  • Money plant
  • Silver vine
  • Solomon Islands ivy
  • Marble queen
  • Taro vine
  • Devil's vine
  • Devil's ivy 
**Sometimes mistakenly labeled as a Philodendron in plant stores**

Not only does it have many names, but there is also numerous cultivars, which have leaves with white, yellow, or light green variegation. It is such a beautiful, vibrant plant and needs little to almost no attention. For that very reason, it can easily be found in shopping centers, offices, and other public locations.

What makes this plant so unique is that it is nearly impossible to kill. Hence, why it has been given the name Devil’s Ivy/Vine. It grows best by providing indirect light, but it even stays green when kept in the dark.

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Fun facts:

-It rarely flowers without artificial hormones. The last known flowering was reported in 1964.

-The plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

-It can reach more than 2 m in height if it is given the adequate support (a tutor to climb).

-Sometimes used in aquariums and placed to grow roots in the water. This is beneficial to the plant and the aquarium as it absorbs many nitrates and uses them for growth.

- The plant is also efficient at removing indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde, trichloroethene, toluene, xylene, and benzene. This is seen in NASA’s clean air study.

-The plant grows rapidly in hydroponic culture.

-The plant is listed as toxic to cats and dogs by the ASPCA, because of the presence of insoluble raphides.

-Mildly toxic if ingested by humans.

Written by: Yolanda M. Pineda

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