The Pothos Plant – Everyone’s House Plant

Pothos plants are the most popular house plant in the world. They’re very decorative, hardy and require only a little water. They’re also known to clean the air. They’re native to Asia and when planted indoors, can reach a height of over two metres as long as you provide it with the necessary support.

It’s referred to by many different names, including:

Pothos Plant (Devil's Ivy), Courtesy DianesDigital at Flickr

  • Devil’s Ivy
  • Silver Vine
  • Centipede Tongavine
  • Solomon Islands’ Ivy!

There are different varieties of pothos, including Jade Pothos, Golden Pothos and Marble Queen Pothos.

The leaves are waxy and smooth. They’re very attractive, with some varieties having light green and yellow colouring on the leaves.


It’s toxic to cats and dogs, so be careful that your pets don’t pick off a leaf and chew it.


The pothos is generally planted from cuttings. At the base of each leaf is a small hard “nub” near the viney stem. When you make a cutting, make sure you have one or more of these nubs. Put the cutting in water until roots form. Make sure a nub is submerged.


The ideal temperature for the Devil’s Ivy is between 17 and 30°C (63 and 86°F) and it prefers medium indirect light.

You only need to water them when the soil feels dry. They’re not very thirsty plants.

You can see why the pothos is such a popular plant. And it’s great that it cleans the air while also being a decorative indoor plant! It’s been shown to remove toxic chemicals from the air, which is a very comforting thought. Especially if you live in a big city where you never know what you’re breathing in.