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Pilea involucrata (Friendship plant)

Pilea involucrata Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Pilea involucrata py-LEE-ah in-vol-yew-KRAY-tah Common Name: Friendship plant
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.
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
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color Green Flower; Pink Flower
Uses Container, Indoor Plant
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Perennials,Tropicals

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