Silver Sparkle Nettle

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  • Metallic-Looking Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light)
  • Below Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 4-7 Inches 

Nettle ‘Silver Sparkle’ (Solanum elaeagnifolium) is an adorable metallic-looking plant. It has tiny, button-shaped, silvery leaves with deep green veins strung together on red stems. When grown in the right conditions, this plant also produces small clusters of peach-colored blossoms. Other common names for this plant include Pilea ‘Silver Sparkle’, Grey Baby Tears, Grey Artillery Plant, and Red-Stemmed Pilea.  

Best Locations For Growing Silver Sparkle Nettle

The small stature of this plant makes it perfect for any little bright spot needing some sparkle. Grow it on a nightstand, dresser, side table, or even as a ground cover in a terrarium. Silver Sparkle is non-toxic and safe to be grown anywhere in your home. 

Silver Sparkle Nettle Sunlight Requirements

For best results, position this plant in bright indirect sunlight with up to 1-2 hours of direct sunlight in either the morning or late afternoon. A west- or east-facing exposure would be ideal for Silver Sparkle Nettle. 

Silver Sparkle Nettle Care

Silver Sparkle Nettle prefers soil that is well draining and consistently moist. It only needs to be repotted if showing signs of being rootbound, e.g. roots coming out of the bottom of the pot. Pot this beauty in a soil blend of peat and perlite, or use any mix that drains well and retains a little moisture.  

Watering Silver Sparkle Nettle

Silver Sparkle needs consistently moist soil and can be sensitive to water quality; use rainwater, distilled water, or filtered water to ensure the chlorine and salts in tap water don’t hurt the plant. Water this plant once the top inch of soil has dried. One of the great things about this plant is that it tolerates somewhat arid to average household humidity levels. 

Feeding Silver Sparkle Nettle

During the growing season of spring and summer, feed this plant using a diluted, balanced (10-10-10), liquid fertilizer every two to three weeks. No need to fertilize Silver Sparkle Nettle during the winter months. 

Silver Sparkle Nettle Information

Light Exposure: Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Below Average - Let the soil dry completely, then, water deeply.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: Low
Habit: Spreading
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 4-7 inches
Mature Spread: 12-24 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Blue, Pink, Red
Flower Shade/Description: Deep Pink, Maroon and Blue
Fragrant: Yes
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Silver
Foliage Description: Silver with Deep Green Veins
Temperature: 60° - 75°F (16° - 24°C)
Humidity: High
Common Name: Silver Sparkle Nettle
Other Name(s): Silver-Leaf Bitter-Apple
Scientific Name: Solanum elaeagnifolium 'Silver Sparkle'
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:
   ~ 1 year old
 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 year 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:
   ~ 2 year 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:
   ~ 2-3 year 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:
   ~ 3-4 year 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.

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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.