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Pilea cadierei

Family: Urticaceae
Genus: Pilea (py-LEE-uh) (Info)
Species: cadierei (kad-ee-AIR-eye) (Info)

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22 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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9 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive FairEGodmother On Nov 28, 2011, FairEGodmother from Covington, LA wrote:

I have this in a north facing flower bed. It may die down during the dead of winter, but comes back happy every year. I really don't do anything with it as a rule, but if I pay a little attention to it, it shines.

Positive amscram On Jun 9, 2010, amscram from Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Some years ago I planted some P. cadierei in the ground under taller plants for visual interest and have been amazed at how cold hardy this houseplant is. Last winter we had three consecutive nights of 19-20 degree temps and although the plants were knocked back quite a bit, they survived and are doing just fine.

Positive Blubaby On Feb 9, 2009, Blubaby from Arlington, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I found this interesting-looking little plant (well, it was little -- six inches high -- when I brought it home!) over a year ago, and it has grown to over two feet high. I keep the soil moist, but even if it dries out the plant can handle it. It loves the light in my kitchen (never direct sunlight) and is happy with the environment in there as well. We've never seen any blooms, though.

Positive janidob On Nov 7, 2007, janidob from San Marcos, TX wrote:

I received a cutting of this plant from my neighbor who has had it for 25 years. The cuttings root easliy by just sticking them in any dirt. Her plant is in total shade and still blooms profusedly when the weather gets cooler (Oct. - Dec). I have mine in partial shade and it is fine. I don't plan to bring it in for winter!

Positive Pashta On Jun 16, 2006, Pashta from Moncks Corner, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

easy to grow in a low/medium light environment with consistantly moist soil. makes a nice houseplant.

Positive HortiStudent On Aug 23, 2004, HortiStudent from West Lafayette, IN wrote:

Many questions left unanswered on your website about this plant can be found @ This site includes the blooming time, and the soil pH preference. I joined just to let you know! Enjoy this fun and exotic plant :)

Positive nipajo On Jan 4, 2004, nipajo from Dallas, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

For me it has always blooms when the weather turns a little cooler here in Dallas,Tx.. Sometimes I bring it in and keep the room very cool and the plant has bloomed there as well.
So I would say that the plant blooms in the winter.

Positive Monocromatico On Jul 25, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

Its an easy grower in humid, hot places, on moist organic soils. The leaves are beautiful, and even the tiny flowers can be apreciated

Positive MotherNature4 On Jul 25, 2003, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant does well in moist, shady areas of our yard in central Florida. It roots easily. Heavy frost may burn the top, but it will come out again very quickly. The blooms are insignificant, but the foliage is striking.


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

Merced, California
Bartow, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
Niceville, Florida
Plant City, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Lilburn, Georgia
Volcano, Hawaii
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Branch, Louisiana
Covington, Louisiana (2 reports)
Kenner, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Brevard, North Carolina
Dallas, Texas
Richmond, Texas
San Marcos, Texas
Arlington, Virginia

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