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Epipremnum aureum AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Climbing

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort; contact with sap may irritate skin and eyes

Resilience

Hardiness

H1b (heated greenhouse - subtropical)

Colour

Flower

Green in Summer

Foliage

Cream, Green, Yellow and Variegated in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

golden pothos

Family

Araceae


Epipremnum are evergreen perennials, climbing with the aid of aerial roots, with simple or pinnately divided leaves and rather insignificant flowers enclosed in green spathes, but rarely seen in cultivated plants

E. aureum is an evergreen self-clinging climber to 4m or more, with glossy bright green ovate leaves spotted and streaked with cream or yellow; green flowering spathes appear only rarely in cultivation

Other common names

  • Ceylon creeper
  • devil's ivy
  • hunter's robe
  • Joseph's coat

Synonym(s)

  • Epipremnum pinnatum 'Aureum'
  • Scindapsus aureus

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow outdoors in fertile but but well-drained soil in a warm, sheltered frost-free area. Grow under glass in loam-based compost in full or bright filtered light. Tip prune in spring to promote branching

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by leaf-bud, stem tip cuttings or by layering in spring or summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free