Pilea Peperomioides (Chinese Money Plant)


This is the quirky Pilea Peperomioides, also know as the “Chines Money Plant” (Eng.), “Pannekoekplant” (Afr.) or “Vriendskapsplant” (Afr.). It is known for its unique coin-like foliage and ease of propagation.

Having a superficial resemblance to pennyworts and growing 30 cm (12 in) tall and wide, it is an erect, succulent, evergreen perennial, with round, dark green, peltate leaves up to 10 cm in diameter on a long petiole. The stem axis is greenish to dark brown, usually simple, often upright straight, slightly lignified at the base. In poor growing conditions, the plants lose their leaves in the lower part of the branch axis and thereby assume a very distinctive habit. The plants are completely hairless. Striking are their large, circular (taler-shaped), shiny, change-constant leaves, which can have a diameter of over 15 centimeters. The petioles are wild growing 2 to 17 inches long, in indoor plants up to 30 centimeters. The flowers are inconspicuous.

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