16 Pilea Types & Varieties To Grow Indoors

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Here are the best Pilea Types and Varieties to decorate your home with colorful variegated leaves of this easy-to-grow houseplant!

Pilea is an easy-to-grow houseplant genus with uniquely variegated or highly textured plant species that look extraordinary as they cascade. Their compact size makes them a great centerpiece. Also, the trailing habit makes many pilea varieties an ideal choice for hanging baskets. If you, too, want to grow these gorgeous houseplants, check out these fantastic pilea types and varieties one by one below!

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Best Pilea Types

1. Chinese Money Plant

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Botanical Name: Pilea peperomioides

Also known as Pilea Sharing Plant, it has become quite a popular variety in recent times, thanks to its unique, coin-shaped green leaves that ‘orbit’ around the pot. It’s considered a lucky plant, and growing it is not difficult if you’re ready to learn tips we’ve here.

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2. Aluminum Plant

Botanical Name: Pilea cadierei minima

This low care, compact houseplant comes with gorgeous green leaves patterned in a unique metallic silver sheen. Our editor loved it so much that it became a part of our list of best variegated indoor plants.

3. Artillery Fern


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Botanical Name: Pilea microphylla

It loves shade and slightly moist soil and growing it similar to ferns. This evergreen variety loves warmth and mild morning sun. The plant is also popular as the rockweed and gunpowder plant.

4. Dark Mystery Pilea

Botanical Name: Pilea ‘Dark Mystery’

This fascinating houseplant displays highly textured chocolate-brown foliage, marked by a silver streak drawn on the center of each leaf.

5. Friendship Plant

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Botanical Name: Pilea involucrata ‘Friendship’

This incredible variety offers finely textured green leaves splashed in a rich bronze purple hue. It requires constant humidity and warm temperature to thrive.

6. Gray Baby Tears

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Botanical Name: Pilea libanensis

This attractive ground cover also looks great in hanging baskets. Its dense green foliage, with silver-blue hues, cascades beautifully over the rims of the container.

7. Moon Valley Friendship Plant

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Botanical Name: Pilea involucrata ‘Moon Valley’

‘Moon valley’ has serrated, deeply veined leaves with dark-red undersides. During spring, the plant produces clusters of tiny pink-green flowers.

8. Silver Tree Pilea

Botanical Name: Pilea spruceana ‘Silver Tree’

The charming purple-brown foliage of the ‘Silver Tree’ pilea is accentuated with a metallic silver stripe in the center, which gives it an eye-catching look!

9. Norfolk Friendship Plant

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Botanical Name: Pilea spruceana ‘Norfolk’

Also known as Angel Wings, this pilea variety showcases oval, bronze-red furrowed leaves with silver markings that make it stand out from the rest!

10. Creeping Charlie

Botanical Name: Pilea nummulariifolia

This fast-growing evergreen perennial has oval-shaped, bright to glossy mid-green leaves, deeply wrinkled with toothed edges that give the plant its crinkly appearance.

11. Baby Tears

Botanical Name: Pilea depressa

Baby tears is a beautiful pilea type for hanging baskets and pots on plant stands, the evergreen trailing foliage looks so perfect and the best part–It’s super easy to grow.

12. Pilea Globosa

Botanical Name: Pilea serpyllacea

If there’s one pilea variety, you’ll have to choose to add color–it should be this! Its tiny, succulent leaves look so cute in contrasting pots.

13. Silver Leaf Artillery Plant

Botanical Name: Pilea glaucophylla

With soft pink-red stems holding the clusters of round blue-green leaves, this easy to grow plea variety can be a star addition to your plant collection!

14. Silver Cloud

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Botanical Name: Pilea pubescens ‘Silver Cloud’

The plant got its name for a reason, and that’s because of its charming silver leaves with a contrasting hue of red on the back! It’s a compact variety and grows tiny flowers.

15. Jamaican Pilea

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Botanical Name: Pilea grandifolia

With bright apple green, glossy foliage–this pilea variety looks lush and grand just like its name. Like other pilea plants, growing it is not difficult either.

16. Black Leaved Panamiga

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Botanical Name: Pilea repens

Not as popular as the other pilea varieties, this specimen is really easy to grow from seeds and offers fantastic foliage that’s a mix of deep green and black.

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