Apartment plants

Pothos - Scindapsus aureum

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Pothos

Genus of about 40 species of climbing plants, evergreens, originating in Southeast Asia, characterized by large, very decorative leaves.

In nature these plants reach heights over six meters, in the apartment their size obviously remains much smaller.

The pothos is a decumbent (or possibly climbing) plant very widespread in apartments: it is in fact very simple to grow, with rapid growth and great adaptability. It is also very decorative thanks to its leaves, which come in many colors, but always very dense and luxuriant.


General features

The so-called pothos is a herbaceous plant belonging to the Araceae family coming from the humid and warm regions of Southeast Asia (in particular from the Solomon Islands and central India). The scientific name of its genus is Scindapsus which includes at least 40 species, some very widespread for ornamental purposes.

In general it is a liana with aerial roots. Thanks to its flexibility in its natural environment it clings to trees or to any type of support you find on its way, with the aim of being able to take advantage of more light. In this context it can reach 5-6 meters in length, while in domestic cultivation it rarely exceeds 2. It bears persistent, heart-shaped and alternate leaves that depart from the stems. The color is only rarely uniform. Spotted, variegated or marbled varieties are instead more widespread. They come in many colors: from light green to olive to dark green. However, yellow, cream, silver and white are also present. The flowers, very small, come out of the axil leaf, but in our climate they occur very rarely.

At home, it is commonly used as a houseplant, greenhouse or veranda, making it assume a decumbent or climbing habit (using materials capable of retaining a minimum of humidity as tutors). Lately it has been increasingly appreciated also for its ability to purify the air by capturing carbon monoxide, produced by engines and heating systems, toluene, benzene and formaldehyde. In-depth scientific studies have placed this plant in the top ten for its ability to purify the air.

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