Friendship plant

Pilea involucrata

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Friendship plant (Pilea involucrata)
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Friendship plant—easily propagated and given to friends, hence the common name—is native to Central and South America. It has richly textured, bronzy leaves and makes a nice addition to containers where it can be appreciated up close. The flowers are not particularly noteworthy.
Care:  Provide part shade, moderate moisture, and plenty of humidity. Stems are fragile, so choose a sheltered location.
Propagation:  Easily propagated from stem cuttings.
Problems:  Nothing serious, but aphids and mealybugs may occur.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Green Flower,
Pink Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Container,
Indoor Plant
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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