Pilea cadierei/Aluminum Plant

Pilea cadierei / Pilea cadierei
Foliage of the aluminum plant
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Foliage of the aluminum plant

A ground cover planting in a warm climate

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The silvery sheen of the foliage brightens a dark shaded area

Gives depth to a narrow shaded space

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Scientific Name: Pilea cadierei
Common Name: Aluminum Plant
Plant Type: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This perennial makes a good container plant. In warm, freeze-free areas it is planted outdoors and makes an excellent ground cover in shaded areas. The foliage burns in full sunlight. The silvery sheen to the foliage can brighten a dark, shaded space quite well. Provide a well drained soil and indirect light. Early morning sunlight is fine. The foliage is the main feature, although the alumnium produces a rather insignifican flower. Above ground parts are reported to be poisonous if eaten.