Why Is Golden Pothos Called Money Plants?

Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum, Previously known as Scindapsus aureus) also has common names like Devil’s Ivy, Devil’s Vine, Golden Pothos, Ivy Arum, Marble Queen Pothos, and Taro Vine.

Money plants are found throughout the world in many varieties. The golden pothos is an example of a variety of money plants. A few popular varieties are Chinese Money Plant, Golden Pothos, Jade plant, Money Tree, Rubber Plant, and Silver Dollar Vine. A pothos or golden pothos is nothing more than just a variety of money plants. 

A money plant and a pothos do not differ in any way. All pothos are money plants, but not all money plants are pothos. Money plants are so named because they have round, plump, flat leaves that look, with a bit of imagination, like coins. 

Some people believe that the name comes from its golden color or from its seed pods, which look like money.  Golden Pothos’ has golden, yellow-green variegated leaves. Consequently, they believe that while it thrives, one would never run out of money.

What is Golden Pothos?

The pothos plant has thick, waxy, green, heart-shaped leaves with yellow streaks. Typically, it is grown as a hanging plant as a houseplant. In addition to pothos, wild or outdoor-grown plants are also capable of climbing by aerial roots. Plants propagated by cuttings are easily propagated, but rarely, if ever, flowers. You can buy it from amazon.com

It is commonly known as a money plant in many parts of the Indian subcontinent.

There is also devil’s ivy, devil’s claw ivy, ivy arum, golden efeutute, hunter’s robe, money plant, Ceylon creeper, taro vine, Solomon Islands ivy, and centipede tongavine to name a few. Any combination of any of these plants is simply referred to as “pothos.” Maybe we should call it The Little Jungle Weed That Could.

Origin of the Pothos Plant

Africa and parts of Asia are home to this species. In 2004, aroid botanist, Peter Boyce, established that the Epipremnum aureum’s origin was on Mo’orea Island, French Polynesia. It is a climbing vine with yellow-marbled foliage. As a result of its growth on tree trunks, the name of the genus derives from the Greek words epi meaning on, and premno meaning trunk. Originating from the Solomon Islands, it can grow on tree trunks, coil around them, or spill out onto the ground. These houseplants are often draped over a tall piece of furniture or stretched across the wall like a garland. 

Globally, it is usually found in temperate regions. The plant gradually adapted to tropical and subtropical climates as well. Golden Money plants are also found in the Southeastern part of Asia, Australia, and the Pacific islands.

Why Is the Money Plant Called Devil’s Ivy?

Some say it comes from the plant’s resemblance to an old, wizened devil sitting in a dark corner. Others believe it was named after the plant’s ability to grow quickly and easily, which is why it is sometimes called “the money plant.”

The Devil’s Ivy has been used in many ways over the centuries. They were used as a medicinal herb in ancient times and were also used as a decorative plant and even for religious purposes.

There are many different reasons why this plant is called The Devil’s Ivy but one thing is certain -its beauty never fails to captivate.  It is a type of creeping, climbing, and trailing plant with heart-shaped leaves and white flowers.

It is also known as devil’s vine or devil’s ivy because it is almost impossible to kill and remains green when exposed to darkness. Some plant stores mistakenly label it as a Philodendron. Many parts of the Indian subcontinent refer to this plant as a money plant.

What Properties of Money Plants Are Available in Pothos?

  1. Epipremnum aureum, also known as the money plant, is one of the most popular indoor plants.
  2.  In fact, pothos reproduces so rapidly from the nodes that after you have cleared up a turf of pothos, even a littered node will produce more pothos.
  3. There are many people who use this plant as a houseplant. Generally, Pothos are used as decorative houseplants.
  4. There are many money plants available on the market today, but pothos is one of the most efficient in the purification of the air. According to the Journal of Critical Reviews, Epipremnum aureum is an excellent air-cleansing plant.
  5. Aerial roots allow Pothos to climb, and wild or cultivated plants outdoors can reach enormous heights using tall trees as supports.
  6. Pothos plants are among the easiest plants to maintain. They grow rapidly and require little maintenance. A distinctive feature of these plants is their heart-shaped leaves and fast-growing vines.

Characteristics of Pothos as a Money Plant

  1.  It is often confused with the common philodendron due to its resemblance
  2. This plant is an evergreen with thick, waxy, green, heart-shaped leaves with yellow splotches.
  3. Pothos can climb by means of aerial roots, and wild or cultivated plants grown outdoors can reach enormous heights using tall trees as support.
  4. A perennial evergreen houseplant is characterized by glossy, green, or variegated leaves on cascading stems.
  5. As a horizontal groundcover, it grows only 6-8 feet high, but as a climbing vine, it can reach 40 feet in height. Such features give it chance to grow on hanging baskets.
  6. In low light conditions, it is capable of surviving for long periods of time.
  7. ‘Golden Pothos’ prefers medium light, well-lit but sunless. 
  8.   It does best in medium relative humidity (mist leaves regularly) and moist soil.  
  9. Pothos plants are popular because they grow quickly and don’t require a lot of care. This makes them an easy solution for almost any interior landscaper’s needs
  10. This air purifier does not require you to invest in expensive technology like you would have if you purchased a natural air purifier. A natural air purifier is a great way to improve your mental health because it can reduce anxiety and stress from your home or office space.
  11. Pothos plant is an evergreen climber with glossy, delicate green leaves and cream-colored variegation. The vine makes an attractive canopy of dark green foliage under which the flowers grow in clusters. The vine can be grown indoors or outdoors, however similarly to ivy, it is often pruned
  12. Golden Pothos are notoriously difficult to kill and will grow anywhere. They require little care, but should be planted in moist, warm soil and high humidity.
  13. NASA scientists discovered that vine plants can reduce the amount of benzene, toluene and formaldehyde in the air around them when placed in your home or office. Certain common indoor plants may also provide a natural way of removing volatile organic pollutants (benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene were tested)
  14. According to the NASA/ALCA study on the use of common indoor plants for indoor air purification, Golden Pothos is one of the top three plants. 

Different Types of Pothos also Known as Money Plant

Gold Pothos

A pothos is a type of ivy. It produces heart-shaped medium green foliage that is flecked with creamy gold. If the variety is grown in a totem pole, the leaves can grow large. Leaves can reach 12 inches wide or more outdoors.

Marble Queen Pothos

Another common variety of pothos is the Marble Queen. This plant features leaves that are heavily dotted and streaked with creamy white. Marble Queen can be cream, white or tan, depending on its particular origin of it.

Neon Pothos

One of the most distinctive varieties of the pothos is the Neon, which has heart-shaped leaves that turn bright chartreuse or golden yellow without variegation.

Young leaves tend to be shinier than older ones. New foliage is fresher, more vibrant & attractive. In low light, pothos plants are less vibrant and colors will be more muted.

Jessenia Pothos

Jessenia, a Pothos (Epipremnum) plant, has large leaves that are heart-shaped and densely covered in chartreuse markings. The epipremnums are very similar to the Marble Queen plants and each individual leaf will be unique.

Marble queen always has a lighter green than jessenia. Jessenia tends to grow more slowly than golden pothos.

Manjula Pothos

The plant is described as having wide, green heart-shaped leaves that are variegated with shades of silver, white, cream, and light green.

With Manjula, there is typically no sharp line between the different colors — the cream tends to have spots of color in it.

Another way to differentiate Manjula pothos from other varieties is that their leaves are wavy and not as flat as other pothos

Jade pearls and pothos

Pear and Jade Pothos (Epipremnum ‘Pearls and Jade’) is a striking variety featuring green and variegated white and silver-gray leaves.

Variegation often appears at the edge of leaves, which is unlike other varieties of pothos. The white striping can be mottled with shades of green and silver-gray.

Jade pearls and pothos have smaller leaves than other varieties, but they also grow very slowly.

Cebu Blue Pothos

Its leaves are blue-green arrow-shaped and show no variegation…

The foliage often has a bit of a metallic sheen, making it different from the other types of plants.

Cebu Blue pothos can produce large, blue-green leaves with natural cracks much like a Monstera. The young leaves are reminiscent of an arrow shape and they often appear on the plant’s stems.

Reference: Pothos, Epipremmum aureum



Anwar Hossain

My name is Anwar Hossain. I am a cactus lover, researcher, and cactus blogger.

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