Adding a bit of nature to a room is an important part of the room’s overall design.  Not only do plants help by cleaning the air, but they also add an organic texture and bring the room to life, literally.  Often times, the hardest part about using plants as part of your decor is finding the right spot for them!  Actually, finding the spot is easy, but picking a plant that will tolerate the light levels in that spot is the hard part.  Not to mention that many of us are busy and regular care and maintenance of a houseplant can easily fall of our radar.  It is for all of these reasons that I love, love, love the Pothos!

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{A string garden Pothos via Assemble Papers}


Epipremnum aureum, more commonly known as Pothos, is a green, leafy vine.  Believe it or not, but it is actually a flowering plant, although having it flower as a houseplant is very rare.  It can handle a wide variety of light levels and in fact, grows well in low light conditions, making it an ideal plant choice for decorating, particularly in offices, dorm rooms, and interiors spaces of the home.  I have kept one on my coffee table, in the center of the room with very low light, for many years!



The leaves of the Pothos have a heart shape and depending on the variety, the color can range from green, to chartreuse, or variegated with either white or yellow.  In low light conditions, however, the variegated varieties will lose some if not most of their variegation since only the green areas produce photosynthesis and the plant will produce more green in order to absorb more light if light conditions are low.

The plant shoots out long vines as it grows and I usually pinch them back in order to keep the plant looking more full and bushy.

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{via Houzz}


Of course, it’s happy to grow as a vine when left to its own devices!  I have one that I’ve let grow a bit long so that it’s overhanging my vintage olive bucket near my fireplace.



And while it wont’ actually “stick” to surfaces, it can be supported and trained to grow along a space or even left to grow down and create a living wall!

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{via Houzz}


Pothos thrives in a variety of soil conditions, so it’s a great option even us “forgetful” gardeners!  It will even grow roots in water allowing you to easily propagate a new plant, but also create an indoor water garden!

{via eGarden Studio on Etsy}
{via eGarden Studio on Etsy}



While I love the graceful and elegant look of an orchid or the large glossy green leaves of a Fiddleleaf Fig, these plants, like many, are fickle and need the proper light and soil in order to thrive.  The Pothos, on the other hand, is very hardy and adapts well to most areas, making it a great choice for decorating!  As a bonus, it’s relatively inexpensive at only $7 for a 6″ pot at the big box hardware stores and is also often available in the grocery store.




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  1. Growing up, my mom had this plant on her kitchen window still. It grew on one side and by the time she moved out a couple of years ago, it nearly reached the other side. It wasn’t growing along the still, but up and around the window. Now I have one of my own in my dark bedroom and it’s doing very well. May need to get another one for my living room. Another apartment building blocks my light. Grr.

  2. So that’s the name of this plant….my daughter has had this plant for over 12 years and hardly ever waters it and it continues to grow…..Hmmm…I just might take some clippings and start my own.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Yes it’s a super easy plant to care for. I’m sure your daughter won’t mind letting you “borrow” a few leaves, right?!?! Good luck! :) Kim

  3. Before I took over the workshops at my Home Depot, I worked in the nursery dept. for 8 years….when asked about the easiest plant to grow, I always recommended Pothos…”once you have a Pothos, you’ll never be alone.” I’ve had the same one for over 30 years!

  4. I love green plants, they give life to rooms. And they help cleanse the air in those rooms. I, too love pothos. However, there is one thing I don’t like. When they are left to grown very, very long, instead of being pinched back and letting the plant fill in … that look’s not very pretty to me.

  5. Kim,
    Our dining room has little natural light and my pothos has thrived for years. You gotta love a plant that gives so much with so little work.

  6. Also a plant with VERY good cleansing air qualities is a Silver Queen diffenbachia. Same growing conditions but diff look and a better air cleaner I believe:-) I have lots of Pothos and while they can grow up a wall it will remove paint as you dislodge it. Best to give it it’s own trellis :-)

  7. This is the only plant that survives in my house. You can go over 2 weeks without watering it and it still looks amazing. Till my green thumb gets better I am sticking with this plant.

  8. I love this plant. I had one back in Florida, I bought it on sale because it had one leaf that was about the give up. That thing grew so much it encased the entire patio. They are definitely great plants and will grown even with a little attention. Thank you for sharing!

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