Many stunning scindapsus varieties are available from common to incredibly rare. Scindapsus is a genus of plants in the araceae family. In fact they are flowering plants. However, as with many houseplants, they don’t typically flower in cultivation. These vining plants are perfect climbing moss poles or in hanging baskets.
Scindapsus Plant Types
An aroid vine in the family Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee). There are about 35 Scindapsus species. Including the popular Scindapsus Pictus and the more rare Scindapsus Treubii. There are multiple Scindapsus pictus cultivars to choose from. All of them have variations in variegation that affect the number of silver markings on the leaves. In fact, all scindapsus plants are considered to be air purifiers and are efficient at cleaning the air of harmful chemicals.
Scindapsus Quick Care Guide
Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out between watering.
Thrives in medium to bright indirect light
Prefers warmer temperatures between 65°F – 85°F (18.3°C-29.4°C).
Prefer a relatively dry growing medium
Once a month during the growing season
4-10′ tall (1-3M)
Silver satin, silver pothos, satin pothos, scindapsus pothos, silver pothos
Blooms tiny inflorescences (spadix) in summer. Rarely flowers in cultivation.
Toxic to humans and animals if ingested
Scindapsus pictus ‘Argyraeus’ is the most common variety of scindapsus. Commonly called Satin pothos. It actually isn’t a pothos at all. Although a botanical cousin of Epipremnum aureum pothos. Argyraeus means “shiny silver” in Latin. Hence, the distinctive small splashes of silver that actually shimmers when light hits the leaves.
The leaves of Scindapsus pictus Argyraeus feel a little bit thicker than philodendrons and epipremnums. Leaves are more narrow than heart-leaf philodendrons, but a little wider than golden pothos. In fact it has smaller leaves than some of the other scindapsus varieties.
Argyraeus Leaves are dark green with lighter splashes of silver across them. Additionally, leaves are also flatter than the Scindapsus Pictus Exotica. Exotica’s leaves are much larger and tend to fold as they grow larger.
It prefers warm temperatures and loves humidity. Keep in bright, indirect light. In fact, the best leaf color and variegation will present itself in bright, indirect light. Be sure not to overwater this beauty. Furthermore, she hates cold drafts and soggy soil. Often misspelled as Argyreus. Buy Silver splash Pothos here.
Scindapsus Pictus ‘Exotica’ has gorgeous variegation on its leaves. Specifically, it has way more silver on it than the Argyraeus variety. Furthermore, it usually has slightly larger leaves with more variegation around the edging on each leaf. In fact, leaves can be more of a jade hue of green, sometimes verging on mint.
The Exotica looks like a larger version of the Silvery Ann. Additionally, it also has a lot of silver variegation in it. Some of the leaves can look highly pixelated. Typically the leaf pattern is more consistent with its pattern compared to the Silvery Ann. Scindapsus pictus exotica plants also have stems that are quite thick. Buy scindapsus Exotica here.
Scindapsus Silvery Ann has light green leaves that are highly variegated with silvery, reflective patches. Additionally, the heart-shaped leaves have a velvety, matte texture. Silvery Ann has the same size leaves as the Scindapsus pictus Argyraeus. But, it has more silver variegation in it. Specifically, leaves have more silver than green in them. And some of the leaves can be almost entirely silver or look “dipped” in silver. In fact it may be quite difficult to tell a young Silvery Ann apart from Argyraeus. Furthermore, variegation increases as it matures.
Furthermore, the “Satin Pothos” is easy to care for and low light tolerant. Eventually, its vines grow quite long and readily cascade. Definitely a great choice for hanging planters. Can be found at local nurseries and online.
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Scindapsus pictus ‘Silver Satin’ has a leaf shape that is very similar to ‘Exotica’. However, the amount of variegation on each leaf is less. Exotica’s leaves have more splash than not down the center with a variegated edging. Additionally, Silver Satin looks like a larger version of the Scindapsus pictus Argyraeus. And, the pattern of its silver variegation is more mosaic and pixelated compared to Scindapsus pictus Argyraeus. In fact, Silver Satin has more erratic splashes and speckles across each leaf, with no variegated edging. Buy Silver Satin Pothos here.
Sterling Silver scindapsus or Scindapsus treubii ‘Moonlight’ is a close relative of both Epipremnum pothos and philodendrons. Although, it’s much less common. And leaves are much more narrow than the pictus varieties. This trendy houseplant has thick, dark green leaves. Even more, its leaves have a lovely silver sheen with a satin-like finish. A vining scindapsus that is easy-to-grow. Check out my Scindapsus treubii ‘Moonlight’ Instagram post below. Follow me @moodybloomsco
Scindapsus treubii ‘Dark form’
Another Scindapsus Treubii that is super rare is Scindapsus Treubii Dark Form. Indeed the leaves are quite dark. Similar to the color of one of my favorite plants ever, the ZZ Raven. Additionally, this climbing vine has glossy, thick, lance-shaped leaves. A bit Narrow and without a silver tint.
Silver Lady Scindapsus pictus
The Silver Lady Scindapsus is a very rare aroid plant. Stunning large leaves are narrow and covered with a green sheen. In fact, leaves are much thinner, with less contrast between the green and silver that the Exotica. Splashes or specks of silver are on the remaining portion of the leaf. Definitely a solid delineation between the silver and green. Additionally, I find it grows a bit faster than my other Scindapsus plants. Indeed, a very rare find.
The Scindapsus pictus silver splash looks very similar to Exotica. However, Silver Splash has a lot more delicate silver variegation. In fact, the silver almost fades into the green. Definitely less of a clear transition between the silver and green. Additionally, Exotica has a much more pronounced variegation.
Jade Satin Scindapsus pictus
The Jade Satin Pothos are rare & expensive. Solid green leaves have a bit of shimmer to them. Although a close relative of the Epipremnum aureum pothos, Jade Satin Pothos is not a pothos at all. Specifically a Scindapsus pictus. However, both are members of the Arum family. A slower grower and takes longer to root than other Scindapsus varieties. Hence the scarcity and price tag.
Scindapsus Lucens is native to the tropical rainforests of Malaysia. A member of the Araceae family. Lucens can range in color from a bluish green to turquoise. Definitely a rare and expensive beauty. Also known as the Shingling Vine.
The Scindapsus aureus is actually Epipremnum Aureum. Epipremnums and Scindapsus plants are often mistaken for one another and vise versa. With its Glossy heart-shaped leaves it is also confused with Philodendrons. Read more about different Epipremnum varieties (pothos) and their look-alikes in our post here.
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