Epipremnum pinnatum

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Epipremnum pinnatum
Group: Angiosperms
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Genus: Epipremnum
Species: E. pinnatum
Classified: (L.) Engl., 1908
Propagation: From From seeds, cutting, layering
Adult size: over 30 m (90 ft); ~ 2 m indoors
Lighting: Medium
Watering: Let the soil dry slightly before watering
Fertilization: Monthly during active growth
Soil: Well drained
Humidity: High humidity preferred, low humidity tolerated
Other information
Toxicity: Toxic sap
Rarity: Common
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Epipremnum pinnatum is a epiphytic plant of the Araceae family. Native to East Asia, it makes an excellent houseplant and will tolerate a wide range of growing conditions.


Epipremnum is from the Greek 'epi' meaning "upon" and 'premnon' meaning "a trunk".

Pinnatum means "feathered" in Latin and refers to the splits in the mature foliage.



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E. pinnatum has leaves are elongated, narrow and green with hints of a bluish grey color. If allowed to climb up a surface or a pole the leaves will become larger and begins to develop multiple splits in each leaf.


E. pinnatum wants bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct light but avoid hot midday sun or the leaves will scorch.

Use a well draining soil mix (see aroid soil) and water thoroughly, allowing excess to drain. A waterlogged soil will lead to yellow leaves.

Common issues

Yellowing/dropping leaves

Yellowing leaves are a sign of too much water. Ensure the pot has good drainage and allow the surface of the soil to dry between watering. Older leaves will naturally yellow and die eventually.

If the soil is staying moist for more than two weeks between watering, or the soil feels soggy or very wet after a week then consider repotting the plant into a smaller container: the roots staying wet for too long will lead to root rot and a quick decline in the plant's health. When repotting use a well drained mix (see aroid soil)

Sun damage

E. pinnatum cannot take direct sun, except in the early mornings or late evenings. Make sure it is situated away from parts of the home that get direct, hot midday sun.


E. pinnatum is relatively resistant to pests, however it can be affected by spider mites, mealybugs, scale, thrips and whitefly.