Pilea repens or Black-leaf Panamiga, a native of the West Indies, is a small plant reaching about 4 to 6 inches tall in containers. They fairly easy to culture, and can be grown in shallow containers or as edging in the greenhouse.
Blooming Time: Spring - Fall. The small white flower clusters are ½ inch across and are very showy against the almost black foliage.
Culture: Pilea repens need full shade with a rich, well-drained soil mix. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. The mix is kept evenly moist at all times. Fertilize every other week during the growing season. Winter temperatures should not fall below 50° F. Water less in winter, but be careful that the soil never completely dries out.
Propagation: Pilea repens are propagated by cuttings or by division.
Pilea repens was featured as Plant of the Week June 29-July 5, 2001.
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