Pilea cadierei

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Pilea cadierei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Urticaceae
Genus: Pilea
Species: P. cadierei
Binomial name
Pilea cadierei

Pilea cadierei (aluminium plant or watermelon pilea) is a species of flowering plant in the family Urticaceae, native to China and Vietnam. It is an evergreen perennial growing up to 30 cm (12 in) tall by 21 cm (8 in) broad, with dark green oval leaves, each leaf having four raised silvery patches (hence the name "aluminium plant"). With a minimum temperature of 15°C (59°F), it is cultivated as a houseplant in temperate regions.[1] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[2][3]

The specific epithet cadierei refers to the 20th-century botanist R.P. Cadière.[4]


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Pilea cadierei". Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Pilea cadierei Gagnepain & Guillemin". Flora of China. 
  4. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315.