Pothos vs. Philodendron: What's the Difference?

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You can tell the difference between pothos, which is also known as "devil's ivy," and vining philodendron types by a few key changes.  

Taxonomy is the study of how to divide live things like plants into groups called families, genera, and species. So that's how plants get their names.   

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Pothos and philodendron leaves are easy to distinguish. The heartleaf philodendron, among others, has thinner, heart-shaped leaves with a softer feel. Thick, waxy pothos leaves.  

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Leaf Shape and Texture

Pothos and philodendrons have different aerial roots and petioles. The vigorous aerial roots of both species allow them to climb moss poles, trellises, and other supports.  

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Aerial Roots and Petiole

The presence of cataphylls is yet another method that can be utilized to differentiate between philodendrons and pothos.  

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Growth Habits and New Leave

Pothos and philodendrons need a lot of the same things when it comes to light, dirt, water, and temperature. They are also both easy to take care of indoors.  

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Growing Difference

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