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Question: I looked in my books and I could not find any of the fast growing and slow growing plants. Can you tell me the scientific names of those plant or tell me some other house plants that would be in a house?

Answer: Pothos or Devil's Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)is a hardy, fast growing trailing plant. They have heart shaped leaves that come in two main variegated colourations. The 'Marble Queen' variety has smooth leaves with white variegation, and the 'Golden Pothos' has golden, yellow-green variegation. The waxy, smooth leaves retain moisture well, making it tolerant to adverse conditions. Requires a well-lit habitat to ensure that the variegation does not fade, but will not thrive under direct sunlight. This is a tropical, hot climate, high humidity plant and will thrive at temperatures ranging between 70 and 90F.

Mother-In-Law's Tongue (Sanservieria trifasciata), commonly known as Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law's Tongue, this succulent is one of the hardiest houseplants around. This member of the agavaceae family can be identified by its long, spiky, variegated foliage, resembling snakeskin but edged with bright yellow/green. Waxy coated, succulent leaves make it drought tolerant, but this particular species is less succulent then other Sanservieria allowing it to tolerate lower light conditions then most succulent plants. It grows slowly. Prefers bright sunlight but will tolerate a wide range of light levels including quite dark areas. Average room temperature is sufficient. During the growing season (spring to fall) allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering. In the winter months, water once every 1-2 months. Misting of the leaves is unnecessary.

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