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Aluminum Plant

Rich, deep green oval leaves that look like they have been splashed with aluminum paint, hence the name; pinch stem tips to keep plant compact; a great annual base or edging plant; requiring only bright indirect light, this one is a great houseplant

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Characteristics

Species: cadierei

Other Species Names: Watermelon Plant

Plant Height: 12 in.

Spread: 10 in.

Evergreen: Yes

Plant Form: mounded

Summer Foliage Color: dark green

Minimum Sunlight: shade

Maximum Sunlight: shade

Ornamental Features

Aluminum Plant's attractive serrated oval leaves remain dark green in color with showy silver variegation throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Aluminum Plant's attractive serrated oval leaves remain dark green in color with showy silver variegation throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Planting & Growing

Aluminum Plant will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat. This plant should only be grown in a shady location. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings. Aluminum Plant is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.