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Pilea cadierei 'Aluminum'

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About This Product

Species Name: Pilea cadierei 'Aluminum’

Common name(s): Aluminium plant, watermelon pilea, Friendship plant

Defining Characteristics: 

  • Dark green oval leaves patterned with four silver patterns along the blade
  • Grows well in mixed planted pots, as a groundcover, or thrives in a vivarium
  • Grows vertically with the leaves branching

Recommended Pot Size: Medium

Josh’s Frogs offers a wide variety of glass terrariums, container garden soils, drainage layers, and other supplies for all of your indoor gardening needs.


Temperature requirement: 55 - 80°F

Humidity:  Moderate (30-70%) -   Humid (70-100%)

Watering frequency: Regular watering. Water once the top inch of soil becomes dry. 

Lighting:  Full Shade  -   Partial Shade    

Soil type: Well-draining potting soil or a prepared soil mixture such as Josh's Frogs Potting Soil mix offered Here

Growth rate: Moderate - Fast 

Height: 10-12” 

Origin: Southeast Asia, Vietnam, and Southern China; Also established in South America

Regional locality: Found growing on the forest floor at higher elevations  

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9-11

Suggested Vivarium/ Animal Terrarium Use:




  • Frogs & Toads
  • Lizards & turtles
  • Aquatic Set-ups
  • Frogs & Toads
  • Lizards & turtles
  • Snakes
  • Geckos
  • Temperate Vivariums



  • Frogs & Toads ✔
  • Lizards & turtles ✔
  • Snakes ✔
  • Geckos ✔
  • Tropical Vivariums ✔
  • Toads
  • Lizards and tortoises
  • Geckos
  • Desert Vivariums

Care Notes: To boost humidity. Place the plant on a small dish with pebbles. The roots of this plant grow very dense and will need to be repotted quickly to avoid shattering ceramic or clay pots. 

Shipping Notes: 

As a good practice, Josh's Frogs recommends washing all plants thoroughly removing as much soil as possible with dechlorinated water before placing them in their final home. Live plants may vary in color, size, and appearance.

The plant pictured is in a 2.5" pot.


This product ships to your doorstep. Most orders placed before 2pm ET on business days will ship out the same day.

Import/export restrictions on this product require that it can only be shipped to destinations within the United States.

Restrictions on this product that prohibit shipping to the following states: HI.

Live Arrival Guarantee

This product is covered under our Live Arrival Guarantee. If your insect/animal does not arrive in good health, we'll make it right, provided the following criteria are met:

  • If shipped Two Day, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between -20 and 120 °F.
  • If shipped Next Day, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between -40 and 120 °F.
  • If shipped Ground, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between 20 and 85 °F.

You'll be notified during the checkout process if your purchase qualifies for our guarantee.

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Charming little plant, arrived a little bent but within 24 hours had straightened up perfectly. Pretty foliage and is growing in nicely.


4.0 out of 5 stars

If you can weld aluminum; you can grow the plant

I initially bought this plant _ two of them; one for myself and one for my son.who is a welder. repotted it and included directions for growing. so far, so good.

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