Pilea Peperomioides, "Chinese Money Plant"

$6 to $30

The Chinese money plant became popularized in minimally designed Scandinavian interiors, with its bright green circular-shaped leaves. Also known as the missionary plant, lefse plant, pancake plant, UFO plant it is actually originally from the southwestern Yunnan province of China. Popular lore maintains that a Norwegian missionary, Agnar Espegren, took cuttings home with him in the 1940s, and shared them with friends and family. Those plants were spread throughout Scandinavia, and eventually the world, as people passed cutting between friends.


LIGHT Bright indirect light or direct morning sun. Avoid strong afternoon sun. Rotate regularly to keep plant growing symmetrically.

WATER Allow top surface of soil to dry slightly between waterings.

POTTING Not recommended for potting in a container without a drain hole. Pot in a light airy mix with some peat moss.

FERTILIZE Spring through fall 1x/mo with 1/2 strength fertilizer

PROPAGATION New growth or plantlets, can grow up through the soil and can separate from the mother plant. Follow the stem about an inch under, and use a clean, sharp knife to cut the baby plant free. Plantlets also grow straight from the stem, and you can cut these free, place in water to root, and then follow the same directions as above.

TOXICITY This plant is not toxic.


Plant Sizing: 2" - XS, 4" - S , 6" - M
All pants come in their plastic grower's pot
Decorative Pots Sold Separately
Decorative Pot Option: Ruth Pot, Four Pot With Wood Plinth, Kendall Pot
Plants are available in-store pickup or local delivery only