Commonly known as Devil’s Ivy or Pothos, Epipremnum Pinnatum is an evergreen annual with glossy leaves, covered in yellow spots. The plant can also be found with white spots, a variety that is often known as Marble Queen. Epipremnum Pinnatum attaches itself easily to sticks and supports and can be grown as a climbing plant or allowed to trail.
Epipremnum Pinnatum has shiny heart-shaped leaves and long slender stems, which can grow up to 2m in length. However, the stems can be wound round sticks or attached to supports to keep the plant from taking up too much space. The plant typically stands at a height of between 4m and 8m and has a total spread of 1m to 1.5m. Epipremnum Pinnatum produces small green flowers in summer.
Originating in the humid Solomon Islands and found across South East Asia, Epipremnum Pinnatum is best suited to warm, moist conditions. A versatile plant, it grows successfully in most soil types and can adapt to different levels of acidity or alkalinity. Epipremnum Pinnatum thrives when grown in full or partial sunlight.
Epipremnum Pinnatum is grown outdoors but does not tolerate cold temperatures, so should be planted after the last frosts are over. Alternatively, Epipremnum Pinnatum is well suited to cultivation in greenhouses or under cover. The plant can also be grown hydroponically in a water solution.
Part of the Epipremnum genus, the plant is of the Pinnatum species and is a member of the Araceae family. Epipremnum Pinnatum was previously classified under the Pothos genus.
Placed in a sunny area, Epipremnum Pinnatum will grow rapidly. The plant benefits from monthly feeding during the spring and summer and should be cut back occasionally to ensure new growth at the base.
Did You Know?
- Known in Chinese as Dragon Tail Plant, the leaves of Epipremnum Pinnatum are thought by some to have medicinal properties.
- Epipremnum Pinnatum can be grown indoors. Often found in shopping centres and banks, it is one of a number of common houseplants, which are thought to purify the air.