The Chinese money plant (or Pilea) is frequently featured in Scandinavian interiors, where its bright green pancake-shaped leaves provide an adorable and welcome burst of color against white walls. They’re said to be easy to grow, but if you’ve ever tried to find one of your own in a plant shop, you likely came home empty-handed.
History of Pilea Plants
Pilea peperomioids were first collected in 1906 by George Forrest and again in 1910 by the Yunnan Province of the Cang Mountains. In 1945, the Norwegian missionary Agnar Espegren rediscovered the species in the province of Yunnan when he fled the province of Hunan. Espegren took cuttings with him back to Norway through India in 1946 and spread them throughout Scandinavia from there.