Pilea cadierei

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Pilea cadierei
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Urticaceae
Genus: Pilea
P. cadierei
Binomial name
Pilea cadierei
Gagnep. & Guillaumin

Pilea cadierei, the aluminium plant or watermelon pilea, is a species of flowering plant in the nettle 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").[1] With a minimum temperature of 15°C (59°F), it is cultivated as a houseplant in temperate regions.[2] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3][4]

The specific epithet cadierei refers to the 20th-century botanist R.P. Cadière.[5]


  1. ^ "Pilea cadierei Gagnepain & Guillemin". Flora of China.
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Pilea cadierei". Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  4. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 78. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  5. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315.