15 Most Popular Peperomia Varieties for Growing Indoors
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Most Peperomia Varieties are perfect indoor plants as they easily adapt to indoor growing conditions.
The great variety of their beautiful foliage, texture and growth habits qualify them for any houseplant collection.
Most Peperomias require loose, well-draining soil and like to dry out to some extent or even completely between waterings. One of the major reason for losing a peperomia is through root-rot caused by over-watering.
Peperomia are tropical plants which bear decorative foliage and typically prefer shadier conditions with more humidity. Some might even require a terrarium or a bottle garden to maintain high humidity.
The succulent Peperomias should be treated like cacti and other succulents, as they can tolerate more light and will survive a dry cold period, during which they are watered very rarely.
The Most Popular Peperomia Varieties for Growing Indoors
Peperomias are considered non-toxic and are ideal for households with children or animals. Below are some Peperomia Plants that you can grow indoors successfully.
1. Radiator Plant (Peperomia caperata)
Radiator Plant is a compact perennial houseplant that is easy to grow and adapts well to indoor growing conditions.
A slow grower, Radiator Plant grows to a maximum height of 12 in. The leaves are about 1 in. long, heart-shaped and deeply ridged.
The leaves in Radiator Plant are usually green but may have a blush of red and dark-green veins. Read more on how to grow Radiator Plant indoors.
2. Watermelon Peperomia  (Peperomia argyreia)
Watermelon Peperomia also called Watermelon Begonia is a compact upright bushy Peperomia plant which grows to a height of about 12 in.
The slightly-fleshy, oval-shaped, green leaves of Watermelon Peperomia are strikingly marked with curved silver stripes which causes them to resemble the skin of a watermelon. Read more on how to grow Watermelon Peperomia indoors.
3. Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia)
Baby Rubber Plant also called Pepper Face or American Rubber Plant is a compact upright growing Peperomia with cupped leathery leaves.
At a first glance, Baby Rubber Plant resembles a miniature rubber plant and hence its common name.
Baby Rubber Plant is a popular houseplant and numerous cultivars have been developed including variegated ones. Read more on how to grow Baby Rubber Plant indoors.
4. String of Turtles Plant (Peperomia prostrata)
String of Turtles Plant also called Magic Marmer is a compact perennial houseplant that is easy to grow and adapts well to indoor growing conditions.
The String of Turtles Plant is a trailing type of Peperomia and is an ideal choice for a hanging basket.
The veining on the leaves in String of Turtles Plant gives them the look of tiny turtles and hence the common name. Read more on how to grow String of Turtles Plant indoors.
5. Cupid Peperomia (Peperomia scandens) 'Variegata'
Cupid Peperomia Plant also called False Philodendron is a trailing plant that is ideal for a hanging basket. It bears heart-shaped leaves and pink semi-succulent stems.
The stems in Cupid Peperomia can spread to a length of 5 ft. The leaves are fleshy, green, and glossy with pale borders.
The variegated Cupid Peperomia comes with green leaves and cream-colored, golden, yellow, or off-white markings. Read more on how to grow Cupid Peperomia indoors.
6. Trailing Jade Plant (Peperomia rotundifolia)
Trailing Jade Plant also called Jade Necklace, Creeping Peperomia, Creeping Buttons and Round Leaf Peperomia, is a trailing Peperomia plant.
The Trailing Jade has hanging shoots and very small, thick and fleshy, succulent, button-like leaves that may entwine and weave in and out of each other.
Trailing Jade can be easily propagated from leaf cuttings. Read more on how to grow Trailing Jade Plant indoors.
7. Parallel Peperomia Plant (Peperomia puteolata)
Parallel Peperomia Plant is a trailing plant which produces cascading stems with a spread of about 16 inches.
The leaves in Parallel Peperomia bear attractive patterns similar to the stripes found on watermelon rinds. The leaves are oval-shaped, patterned in dark green and white.
The stems in Parallel Peperomia are a deep maroon or reddish color. Read more on how to grow Parallel Peperomia Plant indoors.
8. Ruby Glow Peperomia (Peperomia graveolens)
Ruby Glow Peperomia Plant also called Ruby Peperomia is a perennial succulent plant which bears gleaming red stems in wine red color.
The leaves in Ruby Glow Peperomia are succulent with a wine red shade. The upper part of the leaf has a transparent v-shaped ‘window’ which allows for photosynthesis to occur.
The flowers in Ruby Glow Peperomia are borne on the long stems but are rather tiny and insignifant. Read more on how to grow Ruby Glow Peperomia indoors.
9. Raindrop Peperomia (Peperomia polybotrya)
Raindrop Peperomia Plant is also called Coin-leaf Peperomia or Coin Plant. It is a succulent, compact plant which bears glossy, dark-green, heart-shaped leaves with pale green undersides.
The stems are short and sturdy. It grows to a height of about 1 foot. The flowers are rat-tail like and they offer a pleasant smell. Read more on how to grow Raindrop Peperomia Plant indoors.
10. Wax Privet Peperomia Plant (Peperomia glabella)
Wax Privet Peperomia Plant also called Cypress Peperomia is a small plant with beautiful oval leaves and red stems.
The foliage in Wax Privet Peperomia is fleshy and often has variegation. The flowers are small and insignificant. The oval leaves can be a darker or a lighter green, depending on the amount of light the plant receives.
The petioles and stems in Wax Privet Peperomia vary from pink to red depending on the amount of light. Read more on how to grow Wax Privet Peperomia Plant indoors.
11. Bettle Peperomia Plant (Peperomia angulata)
Bettle Peperomia Plant also called Bettle Raditor Plant is a slow-growing tropical herbaceous plant which bears fragile reddish stems.
Bettle Peperomia Plant has a trailing or hanging habit and grows to a height of about 1 ft.
The leaves in Bettle Peperomia are fleshy, oval-shaped, glossy, dark-green with light green lines and look like small bettles. Read more on how to grow Bettle Peperomia Plant indoors.
12. Red Log Plant (Peperomia verticillata)
Red Log Plant also called Whorled Peperomia or Belly Button is a compact plant which grows to a height of about 12 inches.
Whorled Peperomia is an evergreen succulent plant which bears fleshy and cupped leaves with red wine-colored undersides and trailing stems.
The upper side of the leaves in Red Log Plant is dark-green while the underside is a beautiful shade of red. Read more on how to grow Red Log Plant indoors.
13. Columnar Peperomia (Peperomia columella)
Columnar Peperomia also called Pearly Peperomia is a succulent plant which bears fleshy upright stems from which arise tightly packed, alternately arranged succulent leaves.
The stems in Columnar Peperomia are the height of about 20 cm and branch profusely at the base to give rise to a multitude of upright stems.
These stems in Columnar Peperomia look like columns and hence the common name. Read more on how to grow Columnar Peperomia indoors.
14. Jelly Peperomia (Peperomia clusiifolia)
Jelly Peperomia also called Ginny Peperomia, Red-edge Peperomia or Peperomia Tricolor is a herbaceous plant which bears fleshy oval-shaped leaves that are pointed at the tips.
The fleshy leaves in Jelly Peperomia are often light green with darker green coloring in the center and red or pink edges.
The leaves in Jelly Peperomia feel like jelly to the touch and hence the common name. Read more on how to grow Jelly Peperomia indoors.
15. Teardrop Peperomia (Peperomia orba)
Teardrop Peperomia is a semi-succulent, slow growing, compact plant which grows to a height of about 6 in.
The Teardrop Peperomia bears delicate, oval-shaped leaves and hence the name teardrops. The leaves are fleshy and dark-green in color.
When Teardrop Peperomia matures, a white line appears down the center of the waxy leaves. Read more on how to grow Teardrop Peperomia indoors.