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PlantFiles: Canadian Clearweed
Pilea pumila

Family: Urticaceae
Genus: Pilea (py-LEE-uh) (Info)
Species: pumila (POO-mil-uh) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive plant_it On Jun 11, 2013, plant_it from Valparaiso, IN wrote:

The caterpillars of the following butterflies feed on the foliage: Nymphalis milberti (Milbert's Tortoiseshell), Polygonia comma (Comma), Polygonia interrogationis (Question Mark), and Vanessa atalanta (Red Admiral).

Negative metopa On Apr 15, 2012, metopa from Port Matilda, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant grows everywhere, sun, shade, it isn't picky. I spend all growing season ripping the stuff out of my flower beds. Yeah, it pulls up easily, but it is everywhere. And not just a plant here and there, it blankets the ground. I dislike it intensely and have been battling it for the last 7 years. Do not introduce this plant to your property unless you want to spend lots of time weeding!

Negative Malus2006 On May 28, 2009, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Have seen this weed mostly partial shade - but will do well in sun - not as aggressive as some of the worst weeds but still bad enough - have succulent stems . Flowers is insignificant and this is easy to pull but produces lots of seeds.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Valparaiso, Indiana
Midland, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sedalia, Missouri
Mahopac, New York
Columbia, South Carolina

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