December 21st, 1990
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Satin Pothos vs Silver Philodendron, Which do I own??
Everything I read seems to give me a different answer. Once and for all what is the difference between a Satin Pothos and a Silver Philodendron, and which is in my kitchen (pictured)???
Hi Noelle! It looks like you have a beautiful Satin Pothos. Satin Pothos and the Silver Philodendron are very closely related, but are in fact two different species. If you look up google images online you'll notice that the Satin Pothos leaves are much larger, resembling the shape and size of a Pothos, but has larger variegated zones that blend into the foliage. Whereas the Silver Philodendron leaves are much smaller in size, a little more heart shaped, and the variegated zones are dispersed in blotches instead. While they both come from the same genus Scindapsus- the satin Pothos is known to be "Scindapsus pictus" while the Silver Philodendron is a form of the this being "Scindapsus pictus 'Argyraeus'". However, both of these plants used to be classified in the same genus "Epipremnum" which I believe is where all the confusion comes from, along with looking very similar. I believe they are both botanically listed as either a pothos or philodendron but neither, in fact, are actually the case and something that was simply implemented by the botanical world. The only way to tell the difference between Scindapsus and Epipremnum is to look at the seeds being produced if the plant happened to flower which is VERY rare for these guys indoors!
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