Which is which? What is the difference between Pothos and Philodendron? I’m always getting the names confused. Am I the only one? Both are easy to grow, are great air purifiers, and can be propagated by cuttings off the mother plant. Both are vines. And both are poisonous to children and pets. So how can you tell one from the other?
Let’s start with Pothos, or commonly known as Devil’s Ivy. It has variegated leaves, but only the green part makes energy for the plant. If your plant isn’t getting enough light, the leaves become greener so it can make more energy. It doesn’t like soggy soil so if it is constantly losing leaves or turning yellow, you’ve over watered it.
Now for the Philodendron. The vine is less woody and has no grooves. New leaves are protected by a sheath, which later dries up and falls off. It’s new leaves are reddish in color.
Wrap the vines around themselves to make them look fuller.
Philodendron – smooth and sleek.
Pothos – rough and tough.
And that is the difference between pothos and philodendron. I hope this was helpful for you.