The Aluminum Plant, 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 flowers. The dark green, oval, puffy foliage has distinct, shiny, silver markings on the upper side of the leaf. Aluminum Plants are small soft- stemmed plants, usually no more than 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) tall. These plants need to be pruned on a consistent basis in order to stay attractive and not become leggy. Place Aluminum Plants where the top of the leaves is easily visible since this is where their beauty lies.