Pilea Peperomioides

Pilea Peperomioides

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Pilea Peperomioides are bright green ornamental houseplants. Also known as the ‘Chinese money plant’, ‘pancake plant’, or UFO plant, this species is native to Southern China in the Yunnan province but has become a very popular houseplant in the United States in the last few years.

The Pancake plant features circular foliage that appears in the shape of large silver dollar coins. The coin shaped leaves shoot up on long slender stalks that are almost unseen amongst the bouquet of voluminous petals. It is primarily grown for its unique foliage but it does produce dainty white flowers in the spring. It is not common to see pilea flowering when grown indoors.

The Pilea grows vertically making it the perfect accent to a narrow space that receives a lot of bright indirect light. Potted pilea peperomiodes looked beautiful in any room of the house or on a back patio or porch. Add a touch of dark green decor to spruce up your interior decorating.


Pilea Plants require a common houseplant environment. If you already have a spot dedicated to your indoor plants, provide bright indirect light, water your Pilea on a consistent schedule, apply fertilizer annually, and repot as needed — your Pilea Peperomioides plant will thrive for many years to come!

Pilea Light Requirements

The Pilea Peperomioides species does best in bright light sources. The Pilea can tolerate a spot that receives full sun for a few hours a day. The more direct sun this tropical houseplant receives, the quicker its soil will dry out. Too much direct light will burn the leaves, so make sure to rotate the pot frequently and choose a spot with protection from the harsh afternoon sun.

Pilea Soil Requirements

Like most tropical house plants, the Pilea Peperomioide soil should be well-draining and have proper amendments to aid the root system in retaining moisture. Check out our Organic Potting Mix for a specialized formula that will give your Pilea all the vitamins and minerals it needs. Ensure that the bottom of the pot has drainage holes. We recommend a terracotta pot to help with drainage and avoid root rot.

Pilea Peperomioides Watering

When figuring out your pilea care schedule, allow the top 1-2 inches of the soil to dry out between waterings. Adjust your watering schedule during spring and summer to ensure proper moisture in the hottest months of the year. The same concept can be applied in the winter months. Typically watering is reduced during the winter season as indoor houseplants are not actively growing.

How to Prune Pilea Peperomioides

Pruning a pilea can be quite simple. It is encouraged to pinch or carefully snip off any dried or yellowing leaves. The best time to prune pilea is in early spring. You can keep any pups that the mother plant produces! The baby Pilea plants are easy to propagate and give away to friends. Just place them in a glass of water and watch roots grow.

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Botanical Name
Pilea peperomioides

Partial Sun / Partial Shade

Flower Color

Foliage Color

Mature Width
.5-1 ft

Mature Height
.5-1 ft

Growing Zones Indoors

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