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PlantFiles: Chinese Money Plant, Chinese Missionary Plant
Pilea peperomioides

Family: Urticaceae
Genus: Pilea (py-LEE-uh) (Info)
Species: peperomioides

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lottiemck On Jun 19, 2013, lottiemck from Brighton
United Kingdom wrote:

This is a question rather than a comment... I have lots of these Chinese money plants, yet one of them appears to be going a purply-brown colour and a bit spotty. It is not looking too well, but I don't know why this only seems to be happening with one of my plants... Any care tips??

Neutral steadycam3 On Feb 8, 2011, steadycam3 from Houston Heights, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant from the yunnan region of China was brought to Kew Gardens about 1906 by Forest but material was archived in Scotland. Kew horticulturists were unfamiliar with the plant despite its was being grown all over England and other parts of Europe as a houseplant. How did this happen? Subsequent investigation by Kew revealed that it was brought to Scandinavia by a missionary to China around 1946 and passed along in families and to friends until it was grown widely across Europe.. It is usually not widely sold in the trade. Kew had many inquiries about the plant and eventually investigated, finding the above information. The plant bears male and female flowers on the same plant and bears male more often than female flowers. It needs cooler temps to bloom so while being kept as a houseplant, may not bloom.
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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Honolulu, Hawaii
Lafayette, Louisiana
Austin, Texas

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