Money plants are not just ideal for indoor and outdoor gardens but also improve the quality of air

Leaves don’t usually attract the same kind of admiration as the flowers due to their seemingly monochromatic appearance. It is another matter that foliage comes in as much variation not only in colour, but also in shape and size. Pothos, widely known as the ‘money-plant’, however, arrests the onlooker’s attention solely by its leaves— bright, big, curvy and colourful.

Pothos, a favourite house plant worldwide, is an easy-to-take-care-of shrub with ornamental-foliage, native to Southeast Asia and commonly called Money Plant, Devil’s Ivy and Golden Pothos.

Besides its ornamental value indoors, Pothos is one of the most effective plants to improve indoor air quality by removing certain gaseous toxins like formaldehyde. Pothos grows vigorously and can reach varying heights and has aerial roots at internodes that can hook onto tree branches as it climbs. It spreads on ground rapidly and densely covering a wide area. Colours, variegation and sizes of foliage depend on the cultivars, lighting conditions and other cultural factors.

Young plants feature bright, waxy, heart-shaped leaves (up to 4 inches long) where large mature vines display much bigger leaves (up to 3 feet long). Flowers and berries rarely appear on indoor plants. All parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested.

If grown on ground and unrestricted, this woody climber can grow quickly up the trunks of huge trees by attaching its aerial roots to their surfaces, reaching 50-60 feet tall and producing gigantic mature leaves. The higher it climbs, the larger the top leaves are. However, as a container plant it has restrained growth.

n. chandramohan reddy

(The author is a forest officer and can be contacted at: nchandramohanreddy @ gmail.com)