Moon Valley Pilea

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  • Showy Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 10-12 inches
  • Pet Safe

For an unusual house plant, the Moon Valley Pilea is hard to beat. Also known as the friendship plant or Moon plant, it is botanically named Pilea involucrata. Aptly named for its stunning, neon-green leaves that are richly textured, or moon-like, it will add color and interest wherever it is placed. The Moon Valley Pilea can even flower, producing small creamy white blooms, although it is the foliage that this pilea is grown for. 

Best Locations For Growing Moon Valley Pilea

Being non-toxic to humans and pets, the Moon Valley Pilea can be grown in any room as long as it receives the correct light, water, and humidity levels.

Moon Valley Pilea Sunlight Requirements

Moon Valley Pilea thrives when it can receive bright, but indirect light. It can tolerate medium light levels, but make sure it is not placed in strong direct light, which can damage its elaborate foliage. Near an east-facing window seems to be ideal for this plant.

Moon Valley Pilea Care

Originating from Central and South America it is no surprise that the Moon Valley Pilea likes to be kept warm. Preferring a temperature of 68-85°F and high humidity, this plant will benefit from being placed on a wet pebble tray and regular misting. Any dying or dead leaves, misplaced stems, or faded blooms can simply be cut off just above a leaf node using a pair of clean and sharp scissors. 

Watering Moon Valley Pilea Plant

The Moon Valley Pilea prefers to be grown in a moist, but free-draining soil. Watering with harvested rainwater is recommended as soon as the top layer of soil begins to dry out. However, this pilea is sensitive to overwatering and once watered, any excess water must be allowed to drain away freely to prevent the roots from sitting in water. 

Feeding Moon Valley Pilea Plant

This pilea is not a hungry plant and receives most of the necessary nutrients from the soil. Nevertheless, to promote plant health and encourage lush foliage, feed Moon Valley every month from spring until fall with a balanced houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength.

Moon Valley Pilea Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Mounded
Growth Rate: Moderate
Mature Height: 10-12 inches
Mature Spread: 6-12 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Pink, White
Flower Shade/Description: Subtle Cream/Pink Blossoms
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Apple-Green, Almost Neon
Temperature: 65° - 75°F (18° - 24°C)
Humidity: High
Common Name: Moon Valley Pilea
Other Name(s): Moon Valley
Scientific Name: Pilea mollis 'Moon Valley'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Moon Valley Pilea Show Reviews

  • 4
    Great buy!

    Posted by Dana Robinson on Jun 19, 2023

    I was pleasantly surprised by the arrival of these plants and their packaging. It was evident that they were carefully packed, ensuring their safe delivery.