Peperomia Genus

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TypeTerrestrial, Epiphyte
OriginCentral and South America, Africa
ToxicNon-toxic for humans, dogs and cats

The Peperomia genus of more than 1500 species found in the both tropical and sub-tropical regions of Central and South America, as well as in Africa.

Part of the Pepper family – Piperaceae, Peperomia are also called Radiator Plants and Baby Rubber Plants.

Peperomia leaves are often oval in shape, thick, and smooth – sometimes with epidermal windows. The stalk of the leaf is attached to the center of the leaf for many Peperomia species.

Peperomia are popular houseplants as they are grown for their ornamental foliage and (for some species) their beautiful flowers.

They are low-maintenance when grown indoors and do best when in “bright, indirect light”, watered when the top layer of soil dries, and are fertilized in the growing season.

Frequently Asked Questions

What species is Peperomia?

Peperomia is a genus of plants in the Piperaceae (Pepper) family.

How many species of Peperomia are there?

There are more than 1500 accepted species that fall into the Peperomia genus.

What is the common name for Peperomia?

Peperomia are also called Radiator Plants and Baby Rubber Plants.

Is Peperomia a good luck plant?

Many species of Peperomia have rounded leaves which symbolize good luck or good fortune.


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