Pilea peperomioides

Pancake Plant – Chinese Money Plant

Widely grown as an indoor plant Pilea peperomioides is commonly called the ‘Chinese Money Plant’ amongst others. This common name comes from the rounded leaves that look like coins.

It has been in cultivation since the late 1940s but only found popularity in the mid 1980s.

This is the many attractive indoor plants available, and this one is grown for the bright green rounded foliage. It is easy to propagate, hence another common name of ‘Friendship Plant’.

How to Grow Pilea peperomioides

This is a very easy care indoor plant, it thrives in bright filtered light, and indoors it it not to fussy about temperature.

  • Light and Sun
    Bright filtered or indirect light will produce the best growth. Too much shade will cause the plant to reach for light, growth will be sparse and leggy.
    Direct sun will cause leaf burn, so avoid that.
  • Soil/Growing Medium
    Use a humus rich well drained potting mix for best results. If you have a heavier mix, add some pumice, perlite or other material to open up the mix and provide that important drainage.
  • Watering
    We water once a week and little less in winter months. Always check that the soil has almost dried between watering as wet soggy soils can cause root rot.
  • Temperature
    Indoors the Money Plant will thrive with normal temperatures, just keep it away from cold drafts and heating ducts.
    Colder nighttime temperature will improve the possibility of flowers.
  • Fertilizer
    You can use a slow release 12 month fertilizer and that will be adequate. Liquid fertilizer once every 3 weeks from spring through summer will improve growth rate.
  • Repotting
    Generally every 3 years. Make sure you use pot with adequate drag holes.


Fungus Gnats, Mealybugs and the general indoor pests. 

Use a white oil horticultural spray for all of these. For Fungus Gnats try a topping of crushed rocks, this helps prevent the Fungus Gnats form laying their eggs and breaks the cycle.

Summary Information

  • Botanical Name : Pilea peperomioides 
  • Common Names : Chinese money plant, Pancake plant, Friendship plant
  • Origins : China (Yunnan Province)
  • Position : Filtered light to part shade.
  • Soil : Well Drained
  • Size : To 18 inches in height usually shorter.
  • Growth Rate : Medium
  • Flowering Time : Spring,although indoors it rarely flowers.
  • Flower Colour : White
  • Foliage : Mid Green and rounded.