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Peperomia caperata

Common Name(s):
Emerald ripple peperomia, Emerald ripple pepper, Ivy-leaf peperomia
Categories:
Groundcover, Perennials
Comment:

Tropical plant in the Piperaceae family that is commonly used as a houseplant in temperate climates.  It is epiphtic in the jungles of South America where it is native.  The plant gets its common name from its wrinkled green leaves, which are so dark they almost appear purple.   It is an easy to grow houseplant tolerant of indoor conditions.  It needs bright to medium light such as sun filtered through a thin curtain is ideal.  It preforms well with bright, flourecent lights so is ideal for offices.  It is suseptible to root rot so use a pourus well-draining potting soil.

Height:
6-8 inches
Hardiness:
zones 9b to 11a
Foliage:
Peperomia caperata has heart-shaped, dark green leaves up to 1.5 inches long with corrugated surface; the green of leaves tend to look almost black in the base of the corrugations. The leaf-stalk of Peperomia caperata are red or pink.
Flower:
White flower spikes of varying lengths in summer and autumn. The flowers are not very colorful, they are similar to attenuated Anthuriums or Arum Lilies. They consist of a myriad of small flowers arranged along arching stems that are sometimes tinted red or brown.
Habit:
low growing
Size:
6-8 inches
Propagation:
root division in spring or leaf cuttings
Exposure:
indirect light
Soil:
well-drained, porous potting soil
Origin:
Brazil
Tags:
houseplant, interiorscape, house plant

NCCES plant id: 2930

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