Silver Philo

Scindapsus pictus

Scindapsus pictus is a slow growing, tropical plant native to Southeast Asia and is commonly known as Satin Pothos or Silk Pothos, despite being an unrelated species. Scindapsus pictus is part of the Aurum family and is a vining plant that will slowly climb up trellises or trail as a hanging basket. Typically cultivated in its juvenile phase, Scindapsus have oval leaves with heart shaped bases that grow into pinnately lobed leaves once mature. Its velvet textured, matte green leaves are decorated with silver spots in unique patterns.


Scindapsus are popular as they grow well in almost any area provided it has a source of indirect light. Although it can grow well under artificial lighting, indirect sunlight works best to maintain the variegated leaves which can fade in low light. Water only when the top inch feels dry to maintain the soil moist but make sure it’s not saturated in water. Relatively easy to care for, Scindapsus are good for budding plant enthusiasts looking to add a unique plant to their collection.

Care Tips

Scindapsus pictus

Although plant parents tend to have their own parenting style and each plant’s needs are different, our plant experts have a few suggestions they’ve found to be helpful overall.


The Scindapsus enjoys bright, indirect light but can do well in most areas as long as there is light coming in. Proper light allows it to maintain its beautiful variegation as well as avoid scorched leaves from the burning sun.


Enjoys deep waterings allowing the soil to drain and slightly dry. Scindapsus are forgiving to under watering but are less tolerant to over watering. Yellow leaves are a sign of overwatering.


Similar to humans, plants like the Scindapsus prefer temperatures of 65⁰ to 85⁰.


A very light feeder, apply a balanced houseplant fertilizer at half strength once every 1 - 3 months.

Fun Facts

  1. Not A Philo, Not A Pothos: Although it’s nicknamed Silver Philo, Scindapasus pictus is neither a Philodendron or Pothos, both belonging to different genus.
  2. Silver Sheen: A silver shimmer is seen when light bounces off of the top of the leaves by a reflective variegation produced by air pockets between the outer and inner layers of the leaf.
  3. Trailing or Climbing Vines: In its natural habitat the Scindapsus can be found climbing on trees in a non-parasitical way, or vining along the forest floor.
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