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Peperomia caperata

Description

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.

Exposure: indirect light

Soil: well-drained, porous potting soil

 

Cultivars:
Tags:
#houseplant#interiorscape
Cultivars:
Tags:
#houseplant#interiorscape
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Peperomia
    Species:
    caperata
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Leaf Cutting
    Root Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Brazil
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9b, 10a, 10b, 11a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    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 on the stem.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Peperomia caperata has heart-shaped, dark green leaves with corrugated surface; the green of leaves tend to look almost black in the base of the corrugations.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    The leaf-stalk of Peperomia caperata are red or pink. The arching stems that are sometimes tinted red or brown.