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Pilea

Pilea spp.

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Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1c-H1b

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

80cm

3cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Backlit close up of Pilea peperomioides
close up of Pilea cadierei
A variety of Pilea spp. in close up
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Pilea Overview

Pilea is a large genus containing around 600 species of usually shade-loving, annual or perennial herbaceous plants or subshrubs in the nettle family, Urticaceae. They are typically native to tropical, subtropical and warm temperate parts of the world. Many are succulent, producing fleshy, water-storing leaves, these are usually arranged oppositely on stems. Several species with a variety of habits are popular as houseplants, where they are grown in pots, terrariums, or indoor hanging baskets. Pilea peperomioides and Pilea cadierei are particularly popular plants for indoor growing, these are common houseplants.

Common problems with Pilea

Plants kept indoors are susceptible to Fungus Gnats, Spider Mites, Mealy Bugs and Scale Insects. Those grown outdoors can sometimes be vulnerable to fungal pathogens.

How to propagate Pilea

Division

Seed

Cuttings

Special features of Pilea

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Other uses of Pilea

Grown for their ornamental foliage.