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Peperomia obtusifolia

Phonetic Spelling
pep-eh-ROH-mee-ah ob-too-sih-FOH-lee-ah
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Pepper Face is a tropical evergreen herbaceous shrub that is erect and bushy and grows up to 1' tall. The glossy cupped, obovate leaves on branched, distinct stems and petioles that are usually tinged pink are key ID features. Leaf attachment is a sub-peltate. This plant is commonly used as an interior specimen or desktop plant. This plant tolerates low light for several months without stress. It is intolerant of wet soil, very dry soil, or very drafty sites. This plant prefers medium light, dry soil, and medium to low relative humidity. This plant has no serious pest or disease problems and is commonly grown as a houseplant.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Leaves are obovate, cupped, glossy
  • Stems are distinct and branched
  • Petioles and stems are usually tinged pink and red
  • Inflorescence is cream-colored spike
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#poisonous#variegated#perennial#interiorscape#houseplants#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#poisonous#variegated#perennial#interiorscape#houseplants#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Peperomia
    Species:
    obtusifolia
    Family:
    Piperaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico and South America
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are white-cream in color and minute. They are crowded on an erect spike (spadix). Flowers have 2 stamens and 0 perianths.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Green
    Variegated
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Waxy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cuneate
    Obtuse
    Orbicular
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are alternate, simple, obovate, obtuse to emarginate, cuneate, entire, concave, coriaceous, waxy, glossy green, and sub-peltate. Petioles are short, less than an inch in size, and somewhat winged. They are often variegated.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are branched, stoloniferous, and ascend up to 6".
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Design Feature:
    Specimen
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. No known cases in humans, but toxic to some animals.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Alkaloids
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Leaves