14 Beautiful Scindapsus Varieties | Plant Types

Scindapsus is a genus of beautifully variegated, epiphytic (aroid) plants originally found thriving across Southeast Asia, New Guinea, Queensland, and various South Pacific islands.

You may have seen various Scindapsus varieties referred to as Pothos (Epipremnum) or Philodendrons. But, this is a common misnomer.  Each plant genus is quite similar in appearance, leaf shape and vining growth habit because they all belong to the larger Araceae family. But genetically, they are cousins. Not siblings.  

There are roughly 30 different types of Scindapsus that have been either discovered growing in the wild or carefully hybridized. 

Below, we’ll discuss 15 of the most interesting and easy-to-grow varieties. Some are widely available, while others are rare and quite valuable.

Beautiful Scindapsus Varieties

15 Types of Scindapsus Pictus

The easiest way to tell these from a pothos or philodendron is the shape of their leaves (most curl to one side at the tip) and their texture.

All pothos have smooth, glossy leaves without any remarkable texture. Some Scindapsus types also have shiny leaves but their ribbed texture gives them away. 

Other types have a downy, matte finish to them, which clearly distinguishes them from any Philodendron.

But similarly, these are ardent climbers. Each of the following 15 Scindapsus will grow faster and bigger if they are offered a moist moss pole to climb on.

Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ Scindapsus Varieties

1. Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’

This first popular variety may resemble an ‘Argyraeus’ or ‘Silver satin’ before taking on its own unique variegation in bright, indirect light.

Chlorophyll cells begin to pool around the centre midrib, leaving sage green specks to expand across curling leaves.

To avoid yellowing, indoor temperatures should remain between 65 and 85°F (18 – 29°C) and water only once the top 2” of soil is dry. An airy potting soil will ensure sufficient drainage.

Caution is recommended as this and all other varieties contain calcium oxalate crystals which are highly toxic and may result in swelling of oral and oesophagal tissue if ingested.

Scindapsus pictus ‘Silver Lady’

2. Scindapsus pictus ‘Silver Lady’

The ‘Silver Lady’ presents gentle brush strokes of underlying silver pigment combined with chlorophyll to create deep green striations on a seafoam leaf.

This will reach a maximum height of 6 ft with a full crown, in ideal conditions. Leaves will grow larger when positioned in consistently bright, indirect light. 

With few chlorophyll cells to retain moisture, the ‘Silver Lady’ prefers humidity above 40% and water when the soil is dry down 1-2”, depending on pot size.

When Scindapsus are over/under-watered or lacking nutrients or light, they are susceptible to spider mites, mealy bugs and fungus gnats.

Scindapsus pictus ‘Silver Sierra’

3. Scindapsus pictus ‘Silver Sierra’

Often referred to as the Unicorn Plant, the ‘Silver Sierra’ is so rare that collectors will pay thousands for just a small cutting.

Elongated leaves carry a reflective, silver opalescence. Sparse, green cells ensure that moisture and nutrients are available throughout each.

With fewer chlorophyll cells to effectively photosynthesize, this requires bright, indirect sun in order to survive and thrive.

In ideal conditions, including a moss pole, the ‘Sierra’ will grow to 4 ft long with a bushy, glowing crown. 

Surprisingly drought-tolerant, this only requires watering when the soil is dry down 2-3” and includes both aerating and moisture retaining properties.

Scindapsus pictus ‘Silvery Ann’

4. Scindapsus pictus ‘Silvery Ann’

As you’ll see, the ‘Silvery Ann’ is a clear sibling of the ‘Satin’ and ‘‘Argyraeu” cultivars. New leaves unfurl with similar, grey flecks and edging. Yet as they mature, unlying silver pigments displace green chlorophyll cells. What results in stunning variegation?

This lack of green however demands that this Scindapsus variety receive bright, indirect light for proper photosynthesis. A north or east-facing window, or 6 ft away from a west or south-facing window is best.

Indoor temps above 60°F (15°C) with 50-70% humidity, will support growth 3-4 ft long, especially on a moss pole or trellis.

Scindapsus pictus ‘Argyraeus’

5. Scindapsus pictus ‘Argyraeus’

Here, you can see the resemblance the ‘Argyraeus’ has to its sibling above. Large, heart-shaped, green leaves present tiny pools of silver variegation that will become a bit larger with maturity, without taking over the leaves.

Vining out 3 ft or more, the ‘Argyraeus’ can tolerate lower light far better than its more variegated counterparts, making it easier to grow in different parts of your home.

Water only when the soil is dry down 1-2” and use nutrient-rich, well-draining soil that includes coco coir, wood chips or perlite. These will encourage faster growth and larger leaves.

Scindapsus Treubii Sumatra

6. Scindapsus Treubii Sumatra

In the ‘Treubii’ subcategory is the lovely ‘Sumatra’, with sweeping, brush strokes of chartreuse, silver and blue-grey on large, verdant leaves.

This rare Scindapsus type requires a bit more observant care to maintain healthy growth and vitality. Starting with a well-draining, chunky soil that dries out 25-30% before being thoroughly watered. Misting may also be required in dry environments.

Bright, diffused sunlight will encourage more pronounced variegation and colour. However, given how green the leaves are, this will still thrive and continue vining its way out 3-4 ft in lower light, while maintaining a bushy crown.

Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight

7. Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight

Reflecting the colours of a moonlit sky, this Scindapsus Treubii presents glossy, teardrop leaves of iridescent, silvery-green, highlighted with dark green edging and midribs.

This cultivar is easier to find and grow than other Treubii. It will thrive in rooms with bright, filtered light or lower levels and grow at a slower rate. So, repotting will be an occasional task.

When it’s happy, leaves can reach an astonishing 20” long on a plant that reaches 8 ft in length. With a Scindapsus, this size, propagating cuttings is a great way to share it or increase your own collection.

Scindapsus Treubii Dark

8. Scindapsus Treubii Dark

If you’re looking for a moody, dramatic houseplant to fit your decor, then the Treubii Dark is for you. Although is still quite rare, this comes at a premium. 

Beauty comes not from showy colour variegation but from the opalescent sheen that gleams from near-black leaves in lower light.

However, bright, diffused light and indoor temps around 70°F (21°C) will stimulate this Treubii to grow to 8ft long with spectacular, 20” long, spear-shaped leaves.

Darker green leaves equate to a tolerance for different humidity levels and prefer not to be watered until the top 2-3” of soil is dry.

Scindapsus pictus ‘Platinum’

9. Scindapsus pictus ‘Platinum’

While often labelled as a ‘Silver Hero’, which we’ll see next, the ‘Platinum’ is genetically its own unique cultivar. With the lightest green leaves on this list, the only colour variation comes along the midrib, where dark green chlorophyll cells gather to feed the rest of the leaf.

This is a rare specimen but just as easy to grow as more widely-available ones. 

A faster grower than other Scindapsus varieties the ‘Platinum can reach 8 ft in length and prefers bright, filtered light (due to so few chlorophyll cells for photosynthesis) with a minimum of 50% humidity. 

Scindapsus pictus ‘Silver Hero’

10. Scindapsus pictus ‘Silver Hero’ 

A true ‘Silver Hero’ displays gradient shades of silver and pale green throughout its leaves with even fewer dark green chlorophyll cells along the midrib.

This cultivar also has a shimmering iridescence to its leaves vs the consistent

glossy appearance of the ‘Platinum. Due to these features, both of these plants depend on bright, filtered light to thrive. Low light conditions may see these loose leaves and begin to wither.

Three feet away from a bright window will trigger life-sustaining photosynthesis. To ensure overall health and vitality, use well-draining soil that is allowed to dry out down to 2” before being thoroughly watered. 

Ensure water is allowed to run out of drainage holes completely before returning your plant to its decorate container.

Scindapsus pictus ‘ ‘Jade Satin’

11. Scindapsus pictus ‘ ‘Jade Satin’

The ‘Jade Satin’ is a rare Scindapsus that is often mistaken for a pothos. But, the side-leaning leaf tips reveal its true identity. 

Leaves have a thick, leathery texture and can reach 6” across, in ideal conditions. As a whole, it can grow to 7 ft long. But, prefers to climb up a moss pole toward the light.

When it comes to the rule of greener leaves thriving in low light, the ‘Jade Satin’ is an exception. Low light will result in yellowing leaves, leaf drop and an invitation to pests and disease.

Scindapsus ‘Tricolor’

12. Scindapsus ‘Tricolor’ 

This species plant (original in nature, not hybridized) hails from the tropical rainforests of Borneo.

An overabundance of chlorophyll cells results in pixelated green and silver variegation on an almost-black leaf. It also boasts one of the largest, mature sizes, with each vine potentially growing to 16 ft in length.

Bright, filtered light will fuel consistent growth and variegation. Avoid direct sunlight, however, as this will cause leaves to wilt and fall off.

Water when 50% of the soil is dry and keep leaves misted in dry conditions. Use nutrient-rich, well-draining soil to provide sufficient drainage and prevent overwatering.

Scindapsus pictus ‘Silver Splash’

13. Scindapsus pictus ‘Silver Splash’

This lush variety of Scindapsus offers not only eye-catching variegation but a soft, embossed texture. Light wisps of pastel green stretch from stem to tip around a deep-set, dark green midrib.

When not side-by-side the rare ‘Silver Splash’ can easily be mistaken for the more common ‘Exotica’ and is occasionally labelled as such. So, be cautious when looking to purchase a true ‘Splash’.

This elegant, green plant does well in medium to bright, filtered light and prefers growing up a trellis or growing pole and watered every 7-10 days.

Scindapsus pictus ‘Silver Satin’

14. Scindapsus pictus ‘Silver Satin’

While a completely different plant, the ‘Silver Satin’ has been confused for a Pothos so often that it has become an accepted, honorary addition to the pantheon of pothos varieties. 

Yet, after all the beautiful examples we’ve seen on this list, it’s clear that this is a Scindapsus pictus. Stippled traces of silver variegation on a velvety, offset, green leaf give it away.

The ‘Silver Satin’ prefers the morning/afternoon light of an east or west-facing window provided that the light is not too intense. This will burn the leaves and stress your plant.

Scindapsus Vs Epipremnum (Pothos)

It’s easy to see why these two plant varieties get confused with each other. They exhibit almost identical growing habits with long vines and either heart-shaped or elongated leaves.

The observable differences are the particular shade of green the Scindapsus displays vs an Epipremnum aureum or pinnatum and variegation patterns.

Pothos variegations stay within a specific range of yellow-green, with a crisp white on some cultivars.

Scindapsus has clear, underlying silver pigment cells that Pothos don’t, which reveal themselves through the green in some phenomenal ways.

Verdict: Scindapsus Varieties

So, what’s your verdict? Have you discovered your favourite Scindapsus? It’s quite easy to find an Exotica, Argyraeus or Silver Satin in your local nursery or online. These are some considered the easiest of them all to care for, as their green leaves can more easily tolerate different light levels.

Perhaps you’re looking for something mysterious or elusive. The rare “Unicorn” Silver Sierra or the Scindapsus Treubii Dark will fit that bill perfectly. 

Just remember, whichever you choose, Scindapsus plants are highly toxic and should be grown away from curious paws and little hands.

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Ben's horticultural interest grew when graduating from Hertfordshire University in 1997. Having contributed to numerous publications including Better Homes & Gardens, Garden Design Magazine, and The English Garden. He is also the author of Propagating Houseplants Made Easy.