Penny grows toward the light. It’s not essential, but you can keep her growing nice and evenly (rather than all on one side) by rotating her pot every few days.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Pilea peperomioides


Pilea peperomioides; Pancake plant; UFO plant; Pass it on plant

Plant type


Air purifying


Plant height (including pot)


Pet/baby safe


Nursery pot size


About Chinese money plants

Native to the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces of southern China, the Chinese money plant was first brought to the UK in 1906 by Scottish botanist George Forrest (yes, we know the exact man who found it). It became a popular houseplant later in the 20th century because it is simple to grow and really easy to propagate, meaning friends could pass cuttings around amongst themselves. That earned it the nickname ‘pass it on plant’.

Those round, flat leaves, which can grow as big as 15cm across, have earned it other nicknames, from UFO plant to pancake plant. Whatever you choose to call it, it’s an excellent house guest. A bright place to live and water when it’s dry are all it asks (by the way, don't worry when it loses its lower leaves as it grows - it's totally normal). It will also thank you for a monthly feed with liquid fertiliser in spring and summer (dilute the feed to half strength as it doesn't like its drinks strong).

This one’s a winner. Pass it on.

Your plant will arrive in a brown nursery pot, which has holes for drainage. Decorative pots are sold separately. There's no need to remove the plant from the nursery pot. Just pop the whole thing in a decorative pot.

Did you know?

Although it’s now very common as a houseplant, Chinese money plants have almost completely disappeared from their natural habitat.