With literally thousands of different varieties of peperomia, the only common trait they share is a succulent and fleshy leaf. Leaves vary in colour, size, texture, shape and pattern, some even look like rosettes or sedums. Peperomia, P. argyreia or watermelon peperomia as it is referred to, has silver stripes with elliptical shaped leaves while the Peperomia obtusifolia, or baby rubber plant has an upright demeanor.
There are numerous varieties to choose from, and as they tend to remain compact, they are suitable for growing in small spaces. The other trait peperomias share is a ‘rattail flower’. The flowers are essentially long, thin spikes sticking out of the plant that resemble rat tails.
These relatively care-free plants prefer low to medium light and moderately dry soil. They will tolerate florescent lighting or supposedly even being placed on a radiator, which is how they received their nickname, though we don’t recommend that.
They will forgive a missed watering or two, but will start shedding leaves if you’ve missed too many. On the other hand overwatering will lead to rot. They are best watered from below without soaking the crown of the plant.
Peperomias are wonderful additions to terrariums, dish planters or as fillers under larger potted plants. They are easily propagated from leaf or tip cuttings.
Peperomia columbiana. Peperomia caperata ' Lilian'. Peperomia nevada. Peperomia prostrata.
Peperomia maculosa. Peperomia caperata ' Abricos'. Kirsten'Peperomia(Watermelon).'.argyreia Peperomia caperata