And among the most coveted of indoor plants is this beauty known as Pilea peperomioides or the Chinese money plant.
So, I was quite surprised to see a young lady with a large Pilea on the tram in the city last weekend. It was such a rare sight that I was almost tempted to ask her where she got it from. But I didn't.
And then earlier this week, I saw this on the Instagram page of one of my favourite nurseries in Fitzroy.
The accompanying message read, as follows:
Yesterday somebody stole our store baby. This is our Pilea a year ago and it has grown a fair bit since then but remained in this lovely blue pot by @lucyvanstoneceramics
If anybody knows where she ended up we'd love her back. If you see anybody sharing a pic of her on social media please share with us. She wasn't the most impressive Pilea in town but she was ours and belonged to a staff member.
Could the Pilea I saw on the tram be the same plant that was stolen from the nursery?
Unfortunately, I can't remember any details that would be even vaguely useful (if it is, indeed, the same plant).