Epipremnum aureum (Pothos)

PothosEpipremnum aureum (Pothos) Aka Golden pothos, Centipede tongavine, Hunter’s robe, Ivy arum, Money plant, Silver vine, Solomon Islands ivy, Taro vine. It is also called devil’s vine or devil’s ivy because it is almost impossible to kill. 

600px-pothos_0013-copyEpipremnum aureum is a species of flowering plant in the family of Araceae, native in Mo’orea, French Polynesia. The species is a popular houseplant in temperate regions, but has also become naturalised in tropical and sub-tropical forests worldwide, including northern Australia, Southeast Asia, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Hawaii and the West Indies.

PothosEpipremnum means “upon the tree stump”. Aureum’s meaning is ” Golden flower”.

E. aureum is an evergreen vine growing to 20 m (66 ft) tall, with stems up to 4 cm (2 in) in diameter, climbing by means of aerial roots which adhere to surfaces. The leaves are alternate, heart-shaped, entire on juvenile plants, but irregularly pinnatifid on mature plants, up to 100 cm (39 in) long and 45 cm (18 in) broad; juvenile leaves are much smaller, typically under 20 cm (8 in) long. The flowers are produced in a spathe up to 23 cm (9 in) long.

POTHOS (Pothus) was also known as the god of sexual longing, yearning and desire. He was one of the winged love-gods known as Erotes. Late classical writers describe him as a son of Zephyros (the west wind) and Iris (the rainbow) representing the variegated passions of love.

k31-1erotesThe three Erotes–Pothos, Himeros and Eros–were often depicted together in Greek vase painting. In the image right, Pothos sprinkles the essence of desire upon the bull-riding maiden Europa from a cup.

PothisEpipremnum aureum (Linden & André) G.S.Bunting







34 thoughts on “Epipremnum aureum (Pothos)

  1. I love this plant, and my mother loved this plant — precisely because neither of us could kill it. It made a wonderful house plant for a cold, snowy climate, and there always was some in the house. Beyond that, it really is quite attractive. I remember back in the 1960s it was the custom for housewives to polish the leaves with some sort of liquid. It didn’t seem to hurt the plants, and they fairly gleamed.


  2. Thanks Maria for yet another feature on a plant that is a virtual household and outdoor garden entity in my part of the world, as it is bound to be in all the other countries where it is seen to be finding climatic accommodation. In fact I just went to my money plant and told her about how well you have presented her….


  3. It is such a lovely looking plant that is sold in garden centres here as a house plant. Unfortunately, it never seems to do well, ending up as just a few leaves on the end of a stem!! I think the atmosphere is probably too dry for them in the house. It is lovely seeing these plants growing out of doors on your blog.


  4. I can attest to its hardiness. My pothos survived a frigid trip from New Hampshire to Michigan and now thrives in my new apartment. It even started to root into the wall! Beautiful shots, as always, Maria.


  5. I´d say that Pothus might get along well with Eros (Cupid)… Interesting to learn about him, Maria..
    I love these plants… They can live without earth: just in a glass of water (good roots, I guess!)!… sending love & best wishes 😀


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