What Is a Chinese Money Plant?


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A Chinese money plant is a flowering, tuberous evergreen plant that sports round, green leaves. It belongs to the family Urticaceae and has the scientific name of Pilea peperomioides.

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Chinese money plants are native to the Yunnan Province in southern China. They are sometimes called Chinese missionary plants or lefse plants.

The species first became known to Western science when botanist George Forrest found them in 1906 and again in 1910. A Norwegian missionary named Agnar Espegren stumbled upon the plant while he was fleeing from the Hunan Province in China in 1945. Espegren took cuttings with him back to Norway. The plant has since spread throughout Scandinavia.

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