Aluminum Plant

Pilea cadierei

The Aluminum Plant, or Pilea cadierei, is an attractive hanging or table plant native to China and Viet Nam. This particular variety of Pilea is grown for its attractive leaves rather than its very small white flowers. The dark green oval foliage, which looks a little puffy or quilt-like, has distinct shiny silver markings between the veins on the upper side of the leaf. Aluminum Plants are small soft- stemmed plants, usually reaching a height of no more than 12-18 inches (30-45 cm). These plants need to be trimmed on a consistent basis in order to stay attractive and not become leggy. Aluminum Plants should be placed where the top of the leaves are easily visible since this is where their beauty lies.