It was so interesting to learn in this Vox article about the history of the plant Pilea peperomioides, which goes by many names as per Wikipedia such as Chinese money plant, pancake plant, UFO plant, lefse plant, missionary plant or mirror grass - but which is incredibly popular thanks to Instagram and has found distribution as a result.
Designer Aisha Richardson first saw Pilea peperomioides on her Instagram feed about two years ago. From the beginning, she felt a strong attachment to the plant because of its coin-shaped leaves and vivid green color. “It’s so cute,” she says. “When you see a plant you like, you research it, you read about it, you want it.” But she did not immediately get it because, at that time, these plants were not widely available in the United States.
Prior to this newfound admiration, cuttings of the plant were only available from local cultivators or Etsy sellers. But now the plants have become increasingly popular driving growers to fill the demand, and while they are rare in their native China, can be found everywhere from The Sill to Home Depot.
While they are hardy and charming plants, growers are already asking what's next for the plant trend world. Fascinating!