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Pilea glauca, sometimes known as pilea libanensis or silver sparkles plant, is a tropical plant known for its tiny green leaves that appear to have a silvery sheen.

With a low, bushy growth habit, this relatively new cultivar makes an attractive, easy-to-grow houseplant in temperate climates.


Like other pilea plants, pilea glauca prefers well-drained soil, warm temperatures, and bright, indirect light. Here's how to care for it in your home.


Common NameSilver sparkles plant, artillery plant, pilea silver sparkles, pilea aquamarine
Botanical NamePilea glauca, Pilea libanensis
Plant TypePerennial
Mature Size4 in. tall, 12-24 in. wide
Sun ExposurePartial
Soil TypeWell-drained
Soil pH5.0 - 6.0
Bloom TimeSpring
Flower ColorPink
Hardiness Zones 10-11
Native AreaCentral America, South America


Pilea Glauca Care

  • Give pilea glauca lots of bright, indirect light.
  • Plant this pilea in a loose, well-drained potting mix.
  • Water pilea glauca when the soil has just begun to dry out.
  • Feed this plant with a balanced houseplant fertilizer during the growing season.



Pilea glauca does best with bright, indirect light, such as in an east-facing window or several feet from a south- or west-facing window.

Keep the plant out of direct sunlight, which can burn the leaves. Too little light can make this plant leggy. Turn your plant every week or so to keep its growth even.



Use a loose, well-drained soil mix that contains peat moss or coconut coir to retain some moisture. Some gardeners swear by cactus or succulent soils with pilea plants to ensure drainage and keep soil from staying waterlogged.

Pilea Glauca


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