plants

Penny

£3.00

Chinese Money Plant

Pilea; Pancake plant

Why we love Penny

High-impact but very low-effort, Susie is the perfect beginner’s plant. She’ll handle neglect, low light or missed watering and just keep on looking fabulous.

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

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

Nickname

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

Plant type

Indoor

Air purifying

Yes

Plant height (including pot)

10-20cm; 15-25cm

Pet/baby safe

Yes

Nursery pot size

5.5cm; 12cm

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). This one’s a winner. Pass it on.

Did you know?

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