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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Pilea involucrata - Friendship Plant

I have been searching for the ID and found it may be mislabeled as
Pilea involucrata  - Friendship Plant.

There is another similar looking one appears to be like Coleus looking with big foliage formation with furry leaf surface. But then, that particular one is also known as (Moon Valley Friendship Plant) which is also Pilea involucrata.

This one has smaller compact foliage formation where the leaves are in lighter notes of grey, brown and black coloration with trailing behavior.

This particular one looks similar like episcia foliage colors with creeping charlie similarities. This one is very succulent looking and therefore must be very caution with over watering as it had died on me rotting.

Adding to another mystery - there is now two different types.
The other has compact foliage formation where the leaves are oval puckered leaves are bronze red with notes, a version with much darker tones.

This is a slow growing plant and may prefer the brighter side of shaded area. Also it is a magnet for mealybugs. Once I had long but lost the battle with this pest followed by scale insects which was farmed by ants - the culprit.

I'm pretty sure there are many more variants and hybrids which may prove challenging and exciting to collect and cultivate.

Plant Care:

Bright shade with controlled watering - too much rots the plant from the root base.
Medium should be fast draining and moist - keep the medium dry before the next watering.
Also do check the foliage underside time to time for pest infection such as mealybugs or white flies.

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