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Pilea nummulariifolia

Family: Urticaceae
Genus: Pilea (py-LEE-uh) (Info)
Species: nummulariifolia (num-yoo-lay-ree-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

6 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 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:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive williamca On May 28, 2012, williamca from Plant City, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

At first I was confused as searches led me to invasive weed Glechoma hederacea. This pilea is a highly desirable basket or pot plant and is easy to grow and propagate.

Positive mcdannells On Jun 8, 2008, mcdannells from Central Oregon, OR wrote:

A cutting was traded to me of this and I have found it is a very easy house plant.
No bug problem thus far (have had it a year now or so?), it grows very fast and though I do not have it in a hanging basket I can see how it would do great in one......
Very easy to root, separate. I have mine in just plain old soil, nothing special. I have it in full sun (had it in half full sun half partial sun and the part in partial sun did not do well), watered or misted daily.
It gives a nice feel to in the plant room since the leave are so different and pretty.

Positive Tetrazygia On May 23, 2008, Tetrazygia from Miami, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

For me, this Pilea takes full sun just fine with enough water. I just stick it in moist soil and it roots and grows, and I usually take cues from the native Pileas and stick this in with them. This one is just so much prettier.

Positive MotherNature4 On Jul 23, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is an attractive plant for hanging planters in Florida. They need to be protected from full sun.

Positive Happenstance On Feb 3, 2005, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Good in containers, baskets, creeping trailing semi-succulent round notched leaves about 1/2 - 1" in diameter. Makes a great groundcover. Flowers are insignificant.


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

Clayton, California
Oakland, California
Bartow, Florida
Brandon, Florida
Miami, Florida
Plant City, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Tampa, Florida

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