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Grey Artillery Plant

Pilea glauca

Also known as

Silver Sparkles, Gray Baby Tears

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Grey Artillery Plant Overview

Pilea glauca is a spreading evergreen plant from the Urticaceae family. It may be grown indoors as a houseplant, typically for the attractive foliage. Commonly known by the names Grey Artillery Plant, Silver Sparkles or Gray Baby Tears. It produces small blue-grey, round leaves on red stems. It can be grown outdoors as an annual plant or in tropical locations as a perennial. It has a spreading habit and may be used as groundcover. It is still awaiting proper botanical classification and has been sold under several names such as Pilea libanensis and P. glaucophylla.

Common problems with Grey Artillery Plant

How to harvest Grey Artillery Plant

Generally not harvested

How to propagate Grey Artillery Plant


Snip short lengths and press a few sections of stem into a moist growing mix.

Special features of Grey Artillery Plant

Attractive flowers

The tiny male flowers explode pollen into the air, frequently after watering.

Pot plant

A popular plant to include in terrariums and dish planters.

Indoor plant

When planted in hanging planters, this plants creeping habit will tumble over the sides.

Other uses of Grey Artillery Plant

P. glauca has been incorporated into living wall displays and summer displays in rock gardens.


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