Devil’s Ivy vs. Pothos: Differences & The Truth Revealed



Get ready to discover why pothos plants have become a household favorite! These easy-to-care-for houseplants add a touch of color to any room and can help purify the air of chemicals like xylene and benzene.

Pothos plants come in several varieties, all with medium-sized, heart-shaped leaves that can be a solid green or speckled with white, cream, yellow, light green, or silver.

Why Is Pothos Called Devil’s Ivy?

Pothos, or Epipremnum aureum, earns the nickname “devil’s ivy” due to its hardy, low-maintenance nature and ability to thrive in low-light conditions. 

Pothos Plant Genus: The Royal Aracea Family

The pothos plant is truly a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to names. We touched on some of its titles, such as Devil’s ivy, Golden pothos, taro vine, ivy arum, or even Devil’s vine. But no matter what you call it, this plant has some serious botanical street cred.

Origin: Tropical Native Habitat

Mo’orea, one of the Society Islands, is where the pothos plant, or Devil’s ivy, originated. This plant species is widespread in tropical regions, especially in Southeast Asia.

Quick & Basic Pothos Care Guide

Care needs change as the foliage (variegation) of different types changes. For example, Jade pothos has entirely green leaves, whereas Marble Queen pothos has lots of white variegation. This changes the plants’ light needs.

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