From the Wikipedia entry: "In 1945, the species was found by Norwegian missionary Agnar Espegren in Yunnan Province when he was fleeing from Hunan Province. Espegren took cuttings with him back to Norway, by way of India, in 1946 and from there it was spread throughout Scandinavia." #PileaPeperomioides #chinesemoneyplant 27may2020
#Pileapeperomioides (#Urticaceae) is an Asiatic perennial herb that is native to Yunnan Province in Southern China at the foot of the Himalayas. For a long time, this plant has been a mystery. That is because this plant, like many other #Pilea, is insignificant in economic value (weedy), and like other Pilea, not much attention was paid to it. It was found to have been brought to Norway by a Norwegian missionary in 1946, upon the expulsion of religion and foreigners by Chairman Mao.
The garden center I work at doesn't typically carry houseplants, so I was surprised to see a bunch of #Pilea-peperomioides among our backstock yesterday. Chose this one, which is actually a bunch of little plants in one pot. #chinesemoneyplant (Purchased 6Apr2019)