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Pilea Plant - A Guide To Good Plant Health

Pilea peperomioides

The bright green, coin-shaped leaves on this tropical gem make it a wonderful indoor plant that grows well in dry conditions and low light areas.

The beautiful round leaves are incredibly elegant and their charming size and decorative nature make the Pilea one of the most popular houseplants out there. Pileas are fast growing, adaptable, and low-maintenance—making them a perfect plant companion for anyone!

Originally from the southwestern Yunnan province of China, The leaves layer on top of each other, giving it the appearance of large green coins—hence its nickname The Chinese Money Plant. This plant is thought to bring good fortune, money, and abundance to its owner, contributing to its popularity as a housewarming or hostess gift.

See below for additional information and care instructions for your Pilea plant.

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Common Names

  • Pilea
  • Chinese Money Plant
  • Missionary Plant
  • UPO Plant
  • Pancake Plant
  • Lefse Plant

Quick Pilea Stats

  • Your Pilea enjoys low to bright indirect light
  • The Pilea plant has great air cleaning properties including removing formaldehyde from the air.
  • The Pilea plant is easy to care for. 
  • The Pilea is moderately pet-friendly. It can cause mouth irritation and digestive reaction if eaten.

Light Requirements

Your Pilea will do best in a bright, indirect sunny spot in your home. Even though this plant is part of the succulent family, do not place your Pilea in direct sunlight since it will scorch the leaves. In order to prevent your Pilea from growing lopsided, rotate it at least 2-3 times a week since it grows towards the sun. This plant can adapt to lower light areas, but the leaves will turn a darker green and the plant will spread out more.

Water Requirements

Allow the soil to dry between waterings, as Pilea do not like soggy soil. Watch the leaves—when they start looking a tad droopy, it’s time to water your plant. In warmer weather, they need to be watered more frequently.

Humidity Preference

This plant does not require any extra humidity and does well in a drier environment.

Optimum Temperature

Normal household temperatures between 65-75 degrees are fine. However, make sure that your Pilea does not sit near the heating vents in the winter, as it will drop its leaves.  

Plant Food

For best results, use a general liquid houseplant fertilizer at half strength twice during the spring and summer.

Additional Care

If you notice white spots on your Pilea, they are most likely caused by salts and chemicals in your water. If you do not have a filtration system, leaving the tap water in an open container overnight before watering can help remove some of the chlorine and fluoride.


Pilea can be moderately toxic causing mouth irritation and stomach indigestion to humans and pets.

The Pilea plant was featured in the August Lunarly Box.

Lunarly | Pilea Plant | August 2018 Lunarly Box

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