Chinese money plant (Pilea peperomioides)

Pilea peperomioides

The Chinese money plant, also known as the missionary plant, lefse plant, pancake plant, UFO plant, or just pilea (short for its scientific name of Pilea peperomioides) is originally from the southwestern Yunnan province of China.

Alternative names of the Chinese money plant

Scientific name: Pilea peperomioides
Common names: Chinese money plant, pancake plant, UFO plant, lefse
plant, missionary plant, Bender Plant or mirror grass,


SpeciesPilea peperomioides
Pilea peperomioides

Flowering data

FlowerTiny whitish or pale green flowers sometimes tinged pink, on pinkish stems, born in spring
Bloom Time4-6 weeks,
Flower colorWhite flowers on pink-tinged stems
StemUnbranching up to 30cm or more.
Plant typeAsiatic perennial herb

Leaf data

ShapeNearly round, fleshy
ColorDark green or bright green
Length10cm diameter or long petiole
AttractsBees, butterflies, birds

Chinese money plant Care

WaterWatering this plant once a week will be sufficient
SunIndirect sunlight
Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
GrowthFast-growing plant
TypeMoist, well drained
Origin/nativeSouth China.
Pilea peperomioides

How to care for the Chinese money plant?

This plant needs Medium indirect light to dappled sun.

Water weekly is sufficient. Allow soil to dry out before watering. Soil should be dry about 2 inches down from the surface.

The Chinese money plant prefers well-draining potting soil, and a pot with drainage holes is necessary. The soil needs to mostly dry out between watering, with more watering required in warmer, sunnier weather.

Treat monthly with an all-purpose plant fertilizer during the spring and summer growing seasons. 

Normal room humidity is fine, but if the edges burn or crisp, raise the humidity levels.

It needs 55°F-85°F (13°C-30°C). It’s best not to let it go below 50°F (10°C).

Pilea peperomioides growth:
It is a fast-growing plant. If this plant gets adequate sunlight then it gives double size every year.

Pruning can keep the plant healthy but does not remove the healthy and greenleaves from the plant.

Where can I read more about evergreen plants?

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