Theis native to the tropical forests of Asia. It was discovered at the relatively late date of 1938, in Vietnam. Although its are not striking, it has very attractive foliage. The have three prominent veins and are marked with silvery patches, hence the common name.
Because it grows in the bottom layer of tropical mountain forests it does not require much light; it must be protected from direct sunlight. It requires a mixture of two parts frame soil, two partsmould and one part sand or a loam and peat . The temperature should be about 27°C (77° F). Water regularly and maintain a relative of no less than 60 per cent at all times. Feed with a solution of compound mineral fertilizer once a week.
This is one of 200 species of the genus Pilea distributed in tropical regions throughout the world. P. spruceana is native to Peru and Venezuela. It makes numerous runners with ascendingabout 10 cm (4 in) long. The are hairy and covered with blister-like growths. They are light green which, in very young plants, is often flushed with red.
The cultivar ‘Norfolk’ has almost orbicular leaves col oured a striking bronze-brown, sometimes even red, with large white patches between the veins. It is a very decorative plant but must be provided with a fairly high temperature and a humid atmosphere.
This plant is better known as P. mollis or as ‘Moon Valley’. It is certainly the most decorative species of the entire genus. Its most ornamental features are the leaves, which are very wrinkled, pointed-ovate and with crenate margins.
Protect it from direct sunlight. It requires a temperature of 20°-25°C (68°-77°F) in summer and 18°C (64° F) in winter. Water and mist it regularly.