Houseplants in the Scindapsus genus are some of my absolute favorites. They are beautiful, easy to care for, and the majority of the varieties we keep as houseplants are very affordable as well.
In this post we will cover A HUGE number of Scindapsus varieties available to home growers
I hope you enjoy the content and, if you don’t have a Scindapsus currently, are inspired to give one a try!
Table of Contents
- Common Scindapsus Varieties
- 2022 Scindapsus update
- Some Rare / Less Common Scindapsus Varieties
- Related Posts
Common Scindapsus Varieties
- Scindapsus pictus
Scindapsus pictus is a very common houseplant available for sale. It’s care is identical to the standard pothos (Epipremnum aureum), making it a very easy plant.
Its epithet, pictus, means painted, which it earned due to the gorgeous, silvery patches of variegation that are splashed across its leaves.
There are four common varieties available for purchase. I will include pictures and a brief description of each below.
- Scindapsus pictus ‘Argyraeus’ (commonly called Satin Pothos)
‘Argyraeus’ is the most common variety. The name means silvery, used to describe the variegation on the leaves.
- Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’
‘Exotica’ is another common variety, known for its larger leaves and more intense variegation and the variegated edging around each leaf.
- Scindapsus pictus ‘Silver Satin’
‘Silver Satin’ leaf’s shape is very similar to ‘Exotica,’ but the amount of variegation on each leaf is less. Exotica’s leaves are more splash than not down the center with a variegated edging; Silver Satin has more erratic splashes and speckles across each leaf with no variegated edging.
- Scindapsus pictus ‘Silvery Ann’ (commonly called Silvery Ann Pothos or Silver Pothos)
‘Silvery Ann’ has the leaf size and form that is similar to ‘Argyraeus’, but the leaves have much more variegation. The leaves are commonly at least half covered in silvery sheen with speckling or splashes on the remaining portion.
- Scindapsus pictus ‘Argyraeus’ (commonly called Satin Pothos)
The pictures above are my Scindapsus pictus from left to right, top to bottom: ‘Argyraeus,’ ‘Exotica,’ ‘Silvery Ann,’ and ‘Silver Satin.’
2022 Scindapsus update
Kaylee Ellen, a Houseplant YouTuber, and Shop Owner, just published a video detailing all of the Scindapsus varieties she could find information on.
Anyone who finds this post would probably be interested in seeing someone else’s perspective on the topic so I’ll embed the video below!
There was some overlap between her video and this post and also some plants that do not overlap.
Please note there are a couple of plants featured in the video that I do not believe to be Scindapsus. This genus has a lot of confusion and not a lot of primary sources to check the information… so this is by no means a criticism of Kaylee Ellen.
I’ve been corrected many times myself on various varieties (and will probably continue to be corrected) due to the confusion in Scindapsus.
Here’s one of the most helpful comments on the video detailing the confusion with a couple of the plants
Some Rare / Less Common Scindapsus Varieties
There is only one rare species of Scindapsus that I have seen available in the houseplant market here in the United States, which is Scindapsus treubii. Because it is rare, it isn’t something I’ve ever seen in a store near me, but only from online vendors.
There is also another species that I only realized some people keep in other parts of the world by accident. That plant is Scindapsus hederaceus and I will detail the information I could find about this beautiful plant below.
The last plant I researched in this section is the one that I find most confusing. It seems to be a variety of Scindapsus pictus called ‘Jade Satin.’ Whereas all of the other varieties of Scindapsus pictus are fairly available for purchase and are pretty easy to research, this one is not.
I will give you the little information I could find on these plants but would LOVE to know more. So if you happen to be someone who knows more about any of these plants or has resources that provide better information, please send it my way!
Scindapsus treubii is currently available in 2 varieties, ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Dark Form.’ The leaf-shape of S. treubii is narrower than the S. pictus varieties, but still maintains an asymmetrical hook at the end. It isn’t as obvious of a hook though, at least in the plants I’ve seen.
‘Moonlight’ has a milky-green leaf color with a silver splash down the middle of the leaf following the vein.
As of 2021, Scindapsus treubii ‘Moonlight’ is no longer commercially rare in the United States. One of the very large growers started mass producing and selling the plant in the last few months. People are now finding them at big box stores and grocery stores.
‘Dark Form’ has a nearly black appearance without the silver variegation. This one is the least accessible currently in the United States.
Scindapsus treubii ‘Moonlight’ does well if the leaves are allowed to curl before watering, exactly like Scindapsus pictus varieties.
However, Scindapsus treubii ‘Dark Form’ does not curl its leaves like the S. pictus varieties. The way I know to water it is to observe how succulent the leaves are. When the leaves are resilient and glossy, I know the plant is well hydrated. When the leaves are a little less resilient and become a bit wrinkly and dull in appearance, I know the plant is in need of water.
I’ve heard from an experienced grower that they let the Dark Form’s leaves curl before watering. In my experience the leaves never curl though. The plant dies before that happens. How do you care for yours? Let me know!
Scindapsus hederaceus is described as being quite similar in appearance to Scindapsus officinalis – which isn’t commonly kept as a houseplant (to my knowledge) but is used in medicine! We will discuss S. officinalis in more detail below.
S. hederaceus has shiny, green leaves and is native to Thailand, Indo-China, and Malesia. It has been found in forests climbing trees and rocks.
I couldn’t find any information regarding care or availability, but perhaps we will be seeing more of this plant in the next few years as interest in rarer Scindapsus species increases.
Scindapsus pictus ‘Jade Satin’
This plant has dark, thick green leaves with a bit of a sheen (from what I can tell from the few pictures and videos online). It is rarely available, but is a prolific grower just like the other varieties of Scindapsus pictus.
The only information I was able to obtain was its care – which is the same as Scindapsus pictus at large: bright, indirect light; water when dry; well-draining soil; and fertilize with a balanced fertilizer during the growing season.
Update as of 2/11/2020: I found a Scindapsus pictus ‘Jade Satin’ a couple months ago! It is a small specimen, but gorgeous and healthy. I wait for the leaves to curl before watering like my other Scindapsus. It seems to be doing well! Here is a picture of the largest leaf!
Scindapsus pictus ‘Silver Lady’
I’m so glad I stumbled across the ‘Silver Lady’ because it is stunning! This particular variety has one of my favorite patterns of variegations of all the S. pictus I’ve seen so far. It’s leaves are large, like ‘Exotica’ and ‘Silver Satin,’ but the variegation is unique and unlike the others. It’s almost the reverse pattern of Scindapsus pictus ‘Argyraeus.’
Scindapsus pictus ‘Silver Hero’ and ‘Platinum’
Update 12/5/2021: I previously thought that Silver Hero and Plantinum were 2 names for the same plant. It turns out I was wrong!
Silver Hero is said to have silvery leaves that are matte, sparkly, and greyish in color.
Platinum, on the other hand, is said to have shiny, waxy leaves that are more green than gray.
Silver Hero has a wider leaf shape. Platinum has a narrower leaf shape.
Both are considered nicknames because neither are registered cultivars. This makes finding information that is accurate very difficult.
The photo below is Silver Hero, I believe.
“This plant was discovered in a private garden to have exceptional silver-grey colored crystalline leaves that shimmer when tilted at an angle under light. The name ‘Platinum’ was chosen because both platinum and this plant are metallic silver-grey in color and rare in nature.”from the International Aroid Society, Source
(this source has since been removed. I went back to validate whether the writer was talking about what is described as Silver Hero or Platinum now and am not sure. I will follow up if I figure it out!)
Below is a photo of what I believe is Scindapsus Silver Hero
Below is a photo of what I believe is Scindapsus Platinum
This particular Scindapsus is a newly accepted cultivar as of October 2021.
The description from aroidcultivars.org reads:
“This cultivar is a white variegated sport of one of the forms of Scindapsus pictus. The originator discovered the one-leaf plant at a small plant show in Manila roughly ten years ago. It was originally a single-node plant and exhibited the white variegation that has persisted across plants propagated from it via cuttings.”
How exciting! I would love to add one of these to my collection one day. 🙂
S. lucens (often confused with Anadendrum affine)
Scindapsus lucens is often confused with Anadendrum affine. The photo below is NOT Scindapsus lucens, but Anadendrum affine. My understanding is that Anadendrum affine has darker veins.
If anyone can share a link to a photo of the real Scindapsus lucens, I would love to include one here. I am not good enough at identifying the difference between A. affine and S. lucens to feel confident in any photo I post.
Other varieties that I would love to find out more information about (click to expand the list)
S. sp. Blue
S. sp. Sumatra
Leaves are similar to S. officinalis, but have a more rounded and darker appearance.
S. sp. Silver Shield
S. sp. Mint
S. pictus sp. Borneo Silver
S. pictus Jade Satin with Yellow Variegation (possibly aurea variegata?)
Do you know of other varieties I am missing? Send them my way in the comments or via email! 🙂
I am definitely aware there are more varieties out there. It is hard to find information on many of them and even a good portion of those pictured in this post are not accepted cultivars so trying to correctly classify them is challenging.
I would love to keep updating this post as I learn more and others provide feedback regarding any inaccuracies, since the world of plants is ever-evolving. Thank you for your help!
*featured image credit to Firn / istockphoto