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Pilea cadierei


Pilea cadierei

Family Name: Urticaceae
Common Name: Aluminum Plant, 花叶冷水花, 白雪草


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Status (botanical)
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Shrub


Native Distribution Vietnam

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Perennial herb or subshrub up to 0.4 m tall with erect growth form.
Foliage Elliptic to obovate leaves have 2 midribs and an irregularly toothed margin. They are green with large, white to silvery patches between major veins.
Fruit Dry, indehiscent fruits known as achenes are egg-shaped, but slightly flattened (1.5 mm long). 
Habitat It is naturally found in shady, moist areas along the forest floor.
Cultivation The soil needs to be kept consistently moist. It grows best in semi-shade, because too much light causes leaves to burn and too little light promotes leggy growth. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting
Thematic Landscaping Silver Garden

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Silver / Grey
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Fruit Classification Simple Fruit
Fruit Type Indehiscent Dry Fruit , Achene

Image Repository



Master ID 1045
Species ID 2338
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Species record last updated on: 18 February 2022.