There are ten types of Pothos that are categorized into the Epipremnum Aureum species. The different pothos types stem from the fact that leaf coloration, size, and shape are different from the common pothos plant. This list can expand to include plants that are characteristic of pothos but do not fall within the same species.
Jade pothos is the most common and widespread pothos variety, and it is the purest form of pothos in that it has no variegated leaves.
The Jade pothos features completely dark-green, heart-shaped leaves. These ultra-green leaves offer an instant jungle look to any room or area that it decorates.
Jade pothos are typically fast growers and in the right environment can grow up to 10 meters high and 2 meters wide.
It’s a fast-growing type with an average growth rate of 30 cm per month during the growing season. It’s also easy to propagate and besides its watering regimen, it’s not fussy about soil or light requirements.
The Neon pothos features heart-shaped leaves that are beautifully colored in golden-chartreuse but features no variegations. The leaves are uniformly colored.
The neon green pothos is sometimes confused with the lemon-lime philodendron, so it is identifiable through the lack of variegation within the leaves.
Unlike common pothos, this variety also needs more light. Otherwise, its leaves will become darker and duller.
When the leaves are just starting out, they’re a lighter color than the rest of the leaves. As they mature, they take on a slightly darker shade but still bright compared to common pothos varieties.
The golden pothos is the most common pothos sold in the plant stores, which feature emerald green leaves splashed with streaks of creamy gold.
It features heart-shaped leaves that grow a bit wider than the leaves of the Jade pothos. You can help the leaves grow larger by allowing the plant to climb on a moss pole and keeping it in a bright location.
Unlike the Jade pothos, the Golden Pothos needs more light to maintain its variegated leaves. Unless it gets plenty of bright, indirect light, its leaves will revert back to the normal green colors and lose their creamy gold streaks.
Hawaiian pothos are quite similar to the golden pothos in appearance. But the leaves of Hawaiian pothos will grow bigger than that of any other pothos and need a lot more light to maintain their variegation.
Also, an interesting feature of the leaves is the slits that are usually on one side of the leaf, but sometimes they can go halfway through the other side as well.
Indoors, the leaves grow much smaller, but you can help them grow larger by allowing the plant to climb on a support pole and offering it plenty of bright, indirect light.
In order to keep your plant healthy, you may have to water it a little bit more so that it can have fuel to grow as big and strong as it naturally would.
Keep in mind that these plants could suffer from overwatering if you’re not vigilant.
Marble Queen Pothos
One of the amazing pothos varieties is definitely the Marble Queen Pothos.
The unique white variegation appears as the streaks you’ll notice on marbled leaves, and no two leaves will be exactly the same. Some might have greener whereas others will be predominantly white.
Combined with the green backdrop of the leaves, it makes for an interesting pattern.
However, just like any other type this too can revert back to green if the plant is not kept in a location with plenty of bright, indirect light.
N’joy pothos originates from the marble queen and resembles her in many ways. One difference, however, is how compact it is.
Snow Queen Pothos
With smaller and textured leaves, the Snow Queen features white variegations that appear in patches or wider streaks. It’s similar to the marble queen but it is primarily white with green speckles and blotches on it. The plant is also known as the Pearls and Jade Pothos.
This plant is considered invasive in some parts of the world as it can grow too quickly under the right conditions.
The Jessenia pothos borrows the variegation pattern of the Marble queen pothos, but unlike that variety, the Jessenia has lime-green variegation.
The variegation is more pronounced when the plant is grown in bright light and fades if the plant is kept in low light conditions.
The leaves are oval-shaped and densely packed on the trailing stems of the Jessenia. Instead of smooth, glossy leaves, the Jessenia has slightly more textured leaves with visible veins.
Although pothos plants are generally known as fast growers, the Jessenia doesn’t grow as fast as the average pothos plant.
While each pothos is unique, this one is utterly spectacular. The Manjula features entire leaves painted white with only a few clear specks of green that contrast beautifully with the areas of white that cover the leaves.
Other leaves in Snow Queen and Marble Queen are marbled with white.
Another peculiarity of this pothos type is the larger leaves that are wide and have wavy edges, something that’s unique to the Manjula pothos.
Their leaves are different from other pothos in that it crisps up along the edges instead of presenting flat leaves.
Although Scindapsus (Satin Pothos) is a genus separate from Pothos, the two families could be considered cousins. Pothos was initially scientifically classified as Scindapsus aureus, which had instigated the common misconception that some of the Scindapsus family are true pothos. For this reason, care for your Satin Pothos will change slightly from what you might be accustomed to for your regular pothos.
Reminiscent of the Turtle String plant, the Satin Pothos (Scindapsus Pictus) features a similar pattern on its leaves, one that reminds of the shells of turtles.
The leaves are oval-shaped and have a bright green or white underside.
The Satin pothos doesn’t tolerate cold drafts or sudden temperature changes. It’s best to keep this plant in a location where temperatures don’t drop below 60 °F.
Cebu Blue Pothos
The Cebu blue is actually an Epipremnum pinnatum. It breaks from the classic heart-shaped leaf pattern and features elongated arrow-shaped leaves.
The color of the leaves features blue-green leaves with a metallic sheen that gives the plant an eerily appearance.
The leaves also are textured rather than glossy or smooth and both the primary and secondary veins are visible.
When the plant reaches maturity, slits can appear in its leaves that are similar to that of the Monstera plant. This only happens if the leaves grow large and if the plant is provided enough bright light and optimal conditions.