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Plant Know-How: Scindapsus pictus 'Silvery Ann'

close up plant leaves, sage green in color with speckles of silvery green all over
Scindapsus pictus is a species that has been in cultivation for a long time. You've probably seen the cultivars 'Argyraeus' and 'Exotica' at your local plant store, but you may be less familiar with 'Silvery Ann'. Scindapsus pictus 'Silvery Ann' is a fairly new cultivar that resembles 'Argyraeus' in leaf size but displays irregular, large splashes of silvery variegation on its leaves similar to 'Exotica'. This silvery type of variegation is what is known as blister variegation. Unlike the variegation in other plants such as Pothos or Monstera, blister variegation is caused by the epidermis and lower layer of the leaf separating, causing air pockets to form. The silvery effect we see on these leaves is actually light reflecting off of these air pockets! The care for Scindapsus pictus 'Silvery Ann' is practically identical to the care for its counterparts, and is overall a very easy going plant. Whether you're a seasoned plant parent or a newbie, we have some tips here to help care for your plant!

Scindapsus plant hanging on wooden plant hanger near a window, leaves sage green in color with speckles of silvery green all over


Light requirements for Scindapsus pictus 'Silvery Ann': this plant does best in bright indirect light. If grown in medium or lower light the leaves will appear less silvery and will be smaller in size.

Watering tips for Scindapsus pictus 'Silvery Ann': Water when the top 1/3 of the soil has gone dry. Scindapsus pictus 'Silvery Ann' is a plant that makes it very obvious when it is thirsty. When the soil has gone too dry the leaves will begin to curl inwards. If your plant begins to do this simply give it a good soak and watch it perk right back up!

The Best Soil for Scindapsus pictus 'Silvery Ann': Like other Scindapsus, this plant grows best in a chunky, well-draining soil. Our Folia Favorite Potting Mix is a great choice!

Is Scindapsus pictus 'Silvery Ann' pet-safe? Scindapsus are not pet-safe and can be toxic when consumed by pets. If you're looking for pet-safe plants, check out the Pet Safe category of the Plant Care Compendium

Did you know? Scindapsus pictus is naturally a shingling plant. This means that in the wild Scindapsus pictus grows by climbing up tree trunks with its leaves pressed flat against the tree. When not given any structure to climb, Scindapsus grow as the hanging plant we're used to seeing it as. If you want to try to replicate its shingling behavior give it a redwood or cedar plank to climb!

Want to bring home one of these sparkly plants? We have Scindapsus pictus 'Silvery Ann' available both in-store and for shipping!