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Watermelon Pilea Pilea cadierei

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
pil-EY-ah kad-ee-AIR-ey
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

A tropical plant that can be grown indoors in a warm, humid environment in bright indirect light, avoiding full sun, using a peaty soil-based potting mix. This plant does best in high humidity and will appreciate humidified rooms or placement on a bed of wet pebbles. Water moderately in the growing season, and reduce watering in fall to late winter. Pinch stem tips to keep plant compact. The best foliage is on new plants, therefore, some replace plants each year by taking cuttings in early spring to start new plants. 

The common name, aluminum plant, comes from the foliage looking like it has been splashed with aluminum paint. This upright, herbaceous perennial is noted for its textured green and silver foliage. It typically grows in a shrubby clump to 12” tall. Elliptic to obovate, toothed, dark green leaves, with each leaf having four rows of upraised silver patches. Leaf appearance gives rise to an additional common name of watermelon pilea. 

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Minima'
    Dwarf form, grows to 6"
'Minima'
Tags:
#evergreen#poisonous#houseplant#showy leaves#colorful#variegated leaves#potted#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#tropical feel
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Minima'
    Dwarf form, grows to 6"
'Minima'
Tags:
#evergreen#poisonous#houseplant#showy leaves#colorful#variegated leaves#potted#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#tropical feel
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Pilea
    Species:
    cadierei
    Family:
    Urticaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China and Vietnam
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 9 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 0 ft. 9 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    11b, 11a, 12a, 12b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Insignificant
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Non-showy/Insignificant
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Variegated
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Obovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Elliptic to obovate, toothed, dark green leaves, each having four rows of upraised silver patches.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Pink
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Greenish or pink-tinged
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Not known in humans. Toxic to some animals if ingested.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Alkaloids
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Leaves