Scindapsus Aureus (Devil’s Ivy)
(Araceae) origin: Solomon Islands
A climbing plant somewhat similar to the philodendron. The leaves are roundish heart-shaped, about 1-1/2 in. long and 3 in. wide, and have a dark green background flecked with yellow. The leaves will be larger and more luxuriant if the plant’s aerial roots are trained up a mossed stake (see Pruning and Training). Requires a warm, humid, draught-free position in semi-shade, full light in winter will help the plant to maintain its variegation. Keep moist in summer, but take care not to over-water in winter. If the leaves droop when the soil is moist, allow to dry out before watering again.
S.a. Marble Queen. A variety with almost entirely white leaves flecked with green. Half of each leaf often provides a striking contrast by reverting to green. The variegated half of the leaf is nearly always smaller than the green half and sometimes slightly distorted, indicating that the variegation is virus induced. Conditions and treatment as for .V. aureus, except that Marble Queen requires more light, or the leaves will revert to all green. Avoid strong light or direct sunlight. Green leaves can be cut out.