All about Epipremnums - our quick plant guide

All about Epipremnums - our quick plant guide

Epipremnum might not be a word that immediately resonates with all plant people, but you’ve probably heard of pothos? Pothos are some of the most widely available and popular houseplants, and probably the most recognised epipremnums out there.

Let’s take a closer look at these easy-care plants and why they are so popular in the plant community!


Epipremnums are a genus of tropical climbing plants native to Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific. They are part of the Aracae family and are evergreen perennials who climb using aerial roots (making them great for moss poles).

Why they make good houseplants 

Epipremnums are commonly grown as houseplants due to their attractive foliage and ease of care. For relatively low investment, you can have a healthy and impressive plant on your hands. Pothos  (a type of epipremnum) also has some really nice leaf colour variations.

Epipremnums can either hang or climb if you put them on a moss pole, but generally you will see better growth and bigger leaves if you let them climb rather than hang.

Epipremnums are known for their ability to purify the air by removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene. They are also easy to propagate by stem cuttings, making them a popular choice for indoor gardeners as you can get quite a lot of bang for your buck.

A detailed epipremnum guide on how to best take care of them for more information on how thrive with these plants.

Different types of plants - not just pothos

The most commonly known species in the genus is Epipremnum aureum, also called Devil's Ivy or Pothos, pictured below.

It has heart-shaped leaves that come in a variety of colors including green, yellow, and variegated shades.

The neon pothos with its vivid neon yellow leaves and a marbled variety are some of the popular ones in the house plant community, and they make for very striking indoor plants. 

Pothos is an adaptable plant and can grow in a wide range of conditions, from low to bright light and in a variety of soils. More details here.

Pictured below is our Epipremnum pinnatum, a.k.a Cebu blue pothos, which is another gorgeous epipremnum type to look out for! Also suitable for moss pole usage, the variegated version is highly sought after.

What you need to know: toxicity 

However, it is important to note that Epipremnums are toxic to pets and humans if ingested. It is important to keep them out of reach of children and pets. We have never had any problems with our plants, but worth keeping in mind if you have pets or children who are likely to interact with them! 

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