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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Epipremnum Aureum (Devil's Ivy)

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Epipremnum Aureum is a shockingly common plant. We see them at offices, shopping malls, and private homes. Known as Devil's Ivy, Golden Pothos, Hunter's Robe, Silver Vine, or Money Plant, this houseplant is one of the easiest ones to care for and has a lot of benefits as well. Devil's Ivy is a plant that some care should be taken in how it is placed. It is known to be toxic to pets. I can only assume that it would be toxic to humans, more so if you're a young child.

Devil's Ivy comes from the tropics of southern Asia. In its native habitat, Epipremnum Aureum can grow to be twenty feet in length. It does climb up nearby trees. It will also root where the trailing vines lay on the ground. An evergreen plant, Devil's Ivy is a popular houseplant because of how easy they are to grow. They are surprisingly forgiving if you forget to water them for a week or two. If overwatered, they will 'cry' out the excess water along the leaves.*

It is among the plants that root easily given a bit of water and a sunny spot on the windowsill. But, Devil's Ivy can tolerate the relatively low light conditions that come with an interior room lit only by household lighting. Indeed, this plant can suffer from being in full sun with the leaves turning bright yellow under those conditions. It is recommended to be place where it receives indirect light most of the day and direct light for only a few hours. They are well suited to being grown in a hanging pot or upon a high spot with the vines allowed to hang down. With its heart shaped leaves, Epipremunm Aureum is occasionally misidentified as Philodendrom. (I've seen this most frequently with the ones you can purchase from the big box stores.)

Devil's Ivy is known as such because of the problems it presents as an invasive species. It will flourish and take over areas when grown outdoors in a tropical or subtropical zone. This is especially a problem in places such as Northern Australia. The name Golden Pothos refers to the yellow zones in the leaves. It also, like the name Silver Vine, is a direct nod to the folklore that declares this to be a plant that will bring prosperity. This folklore is the reason why it is one of several plants known as money plant. I have been unable to determine where the name Hunter's Robe is from and how this plant received it.

Magically, Devil's Ivy is a plant that is exceptional for prosperity magic. It's hardiness, ease of propagation, and a robust tendency to become expansive are all great properties to infuse into your prosperity magic. Devil's Ivy can be given as a housewarming present to new residents to ensure prosperity in their homes. It can be kept at the workplace to draw in greater resources and financial stability. It also can be the focus of spells for drawing magic.

At the same time, Devil's Ivy can be a good plant to employ in binding spells or spells designed to hinder another's activities. This is by virtue of how it will grow over other plants, such as trees, or up buildings in the proper environment. Drawing upon the negative aspects of this plant, it is possible to create spells that will delay another's actions, cause frustrations, or the loss of resources.


* Overwatering houseplants can be a problem. If you have watered your plant so much that the soil does not dry out or there is water continuing to stand, or overflow, from the cache pot after a few minutes, it will be necessary to take measures to resolve the problem. The plant's 'crying' is only effective after the excess water present in the soil is resolved, as this is the elimination of excess water within the plant. It is helpful in the event of a minor case of overwatering a plant.

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