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Aluminum Pilea

Learn how to care for the Aluminum Pilea.

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The small, but fast growing Pilea cadieri originates from rainforests in Vietnam. One of over 200 species of Pilea, it is certainly a crowd favorite due to its unique mounds of quilted leaves, covered in sharp silver markings. It is these visual markings that inspired its common name, Aluminum Pilea. Its leaves are otherwise evergreen, oval shaped and have noticeable blunt notches along their borders. It is possible for the Aluminum Pilea to bore tiny white flowers, but they are relatively insignificant. Being a tropical plant, it is essential to keep the Aluminum Pilea on the moist side.

General Care


Medium to bright light. Tolerates low light. Not suited for intense, direct sun.


Water one to two times per week allowing half the soil to dry out between waterings. Increase frequency with increased light.


Tolerates average home humidity. Prefers high humidity. To keep your Aluminum Pilea happy, consider incorporating a humidifier or wet pebble tray.


Average home temperature of 65°F–75°F. If you’re comfortable, the Aluminum Pilea is comfortable.


Remains fairly small; can reach 10"–12" in height.

Common Problems

SYMPTOM: Gray browning of leaves
CAUSE: Too cold or too little light

SYMPTOM: Wilting
CAUSE: Under watered


Not known to be toxic. Best practice is always to keep houseplants out of reach of small children and pets.

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