Pilea Sharing Plant™ (Pilea peperomioides)

Pilea Sharing Plant™ Plant Features

Pilea Sharing Plant™ is a unique and trendy houseplant, loved for its round leaves that look like little umbrellas or lilypads (some even say flying saucers!). A relatively small indoor plant, it doesn’t usually grow much larger than 18 inches tall and wide, making it perfect for displaying on desks and tabletops. 

Its interesting look makes this plant perfect for a variety of home décor styles, including Bohemian (boho), midcentury modern, and contemporary. Pilea Sharing Plant™ is ideal as a focal point, but also blends well with a variety of other houseplants. 

When young it has a fun, mounded appearance—the live plant version of a disco ball. As it matures, it grows more of a trunk and naturally drops some of its lower leaves, so it looks more like a miniature tree. 

You may find Pilea Sharing Plant™ sold under a variety of common names, including Chinese money plant, UFO plant, pancake plant, and pass-it-on plant. While names like Chinese money plant and pancake plant refer to its leaf shape, the Pilea Sharing Plant™ and pass-it-on plant come from how easy it is to share with friends. It readily produces baby plants from the roots -- you can carefully remove these baby plants, if you wish, to share the houseplant love with family, friends, and neighbors.

Pilea Sharing Plant™ Growing Instructions

Pilea Sharing Plant™ grows best in bright, indirect light. In too little light, the leaves typically get a little pale and the plant grows thin and stretchy. If it gets too much direct sun, you may notice sunburn, which appears as bleached patches on the leaves. 

Water Pilea Sharing Plant™ as the top inch or so of the potting mix dries to the touch. It’s a relatively thirsty houseplant, so you may find you want to water it once a week or more. Alternatively, use a self-watering system like Wick & Grow™ to ensure it’s always perfectly watered.  

Pruning Pilea Sharing Plant™ typically isn’t necessary, except if you wish to remove any old leaves as they age and drop off. 

You can fertilize this trendy houseplant for optimal growth, if you’d like. The easiest way to fertilize a Pilea Sharing Plant™ is to sprinkle in some time-release fertilizer once a year in spring. Follow the directions on the product packaging. Time-release fertilizers are easy. They slowly distribute nutrients in the potting mix for months. Alternatively, use a general-purpose water-soluble fertilizer, following the packaging instructions for how much and how often to use it.

Pilea Sharing Plant™ is not intended for human or animal consumption. Keep it out of reach of children or pets that may nibble.
  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Indoors: High light

    Indoors: Medium light

  • Colors


  • Special Features

    Purifies the air

Complement your Pilea Sharing Plant™

Grow anthurium with your Pilea Sharing Plant™ to add a splash of color to your houseplant display. The two appreciate similar conditions.

Calathea and Pilea Sharing Plant™ are both trendy plants and look fabulous together. They appreciate regular watering and bright, indirect light.

Spider Plant
Pilea Sharing Plant™ has round leaves that are a natural complement to spider plant’s long, grassy leaves (especially variegated spider plant).