55 Different Types of Peperomia Varieties For Indoor Gardens

Thinking of adding a peperomia plant to your houseplant collection but aren't quite sure what variety to pick? There are many different types of peperomia, so picking the perfect one for your next indoor plant can be a challenge. In this article, we look at many of the different types of peperomia with names and pictures of each!

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It’s hard to go wrong with a stunningly simple houseplant like peperomia. Their ease of care makes them one of the best types of houseplants for beginners, and seasoned indoor gardeners alike. If you’ve decided to bring a peperomia into your indoor garden, you may be confused about where to start. There are dozens of varieties to choose from, so which one is best?

The good news is that peperomia varieties are each special in their way. So picking the “wrong one” shouldn’t be much of a concern. Despite any difference in variety, their care needs are similar. So usually, it all comes down to what you feel looks the best with your indoor garden.

Ready to learn more about all the different types of peperomia? Keep on reading to learn about some of our favorite varieties. You’ll find, the names of each plant, as well as a basic overview of their care. You’ll also find pictures of each plant to help you visualize which variety will be the best fit for your indoor growing space. Let’s dig in!

About Peperomias

Peperomia plant in a green pot
Peperomia is a popular plant in indoor floriculture. There are known about 1000 varieties.

The peperomia is a member of the pepper plant, existing in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. They grow small and compact, typically never reaching more than one foot.

Peperomia comprises more than 1,000 different species of plants. Not all are suitable houseplants, but many species have the attractive leaves you might want for your home decor. Peperomia might consist of herbs, annuals, or perennials. Certain varieties are also considered a type of succulent, although these are more rare.

What They Are

The widely accepted common name for this large plant genus is peperomia. You might hear them as radiator plants, but this name is not as common. Peperomias exist in all manner of varieties. They can be herbs, annuals, perennials, or succulents.

Where They Come From

Most peperomia plants grow in the tropics and subtropics of the Americas, especially Central and South. A small number of species exist naturally in Africa.

You can usually find them in a variety of ecosystems. Some live in the shadiest places in a rain forest, having virtually no access to groundwater. Other species live in arid climates, usually at a high altitude.

Ideal Living Conditions

Peperomia plants are pretty adaptable to different environments. They exist in such a wide variety that scientists still discover new species.

Since they exist in such variety, they can live and thrive in all manner of situations. Wet, dry, cold, warm, sunny, or shady – there is almost certainly a variety that fits your home climate.

Since so many varieties exist, it makes sense to spend some time reviewing some of the more popular plants. After all, what better way to learn what you like? Let’s dive into which peperomia varieties are most commonly seen in many indoor gardens.

Asperula

Close up of Leaves of the Peperomia Asperula
This variety is native to Peru and has rolled leaves that fan out from the stem.
Scientific Name: Peperomia asperula
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Medium to bright, indirect

The folded leaves of the Peperomia Asperula make this particular plant stand out from other varieties. While not all peperomia plants are succulents, this one is and requires very little care.

You can propagate the Peperomia Asperula by cutting a leaf or one of the stems. If you’ve never had a houseplant before, this would be great to get you started. It won’t take you long to get the hang of it. These variants are native to Peru and other parts of South America.

Baby Rubber Plant

Baby Rubber Plant in White Square Container
The Baby Rubber plant needs plenty of light and well-drained soil.
Scientific Name: Peperomia obtusifolia
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 9 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Partial sun, shade

Not all varieties need lots of sunlight, but the Baby Rubber does. One thing to love about the Baby Rubber is how easy it is to grow, especially as a houseplant.

You don’t have to work too hard to get this plant growing, and you’ll enjoy the unique flowering capabilities. That’s one of the many features that sets this variant apart from other peperomias.

The Baby Rubber has shiny, unique foliage. As long as you have well-draining soil and plenty of sunlight, you’ll have no issues getting this plant to thrive in your home.

Bamboo Stalks

Bamboo Stalk Houseplant on Bright Background
The stems of this variety closely resemble bamboo, giving it its name.
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Scientific Name: Peperomia bamboo stalks
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: Up to 8 feet
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Part shade

One of the rarest varieties is the Peperomia Bamboo Stalk. Although these plants are extremely hard to find, they are remarkably easy to grow.

These plants don’t need a lot of water, and they live in about 50% shade. Try to avoid direct sunlight to keep the stalks healthy and strong.

You won’t be able to plant these from a hanging pot since they grow straight up, but you can create an interesting bamboo garden with them.

Bangroana

Houseplant With Round Leaves in Terra Cotta Pot
This variety produces creeping stems with elliptical leaves.
Scientific Name: Peperomia bangroana
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 6-12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Medium to bright, indirect

One of the unique things about peperomia varieties is that they are almost exclusive to growing natively in South and Central America. However, there are a few rare versions that grow around different countries in Africa.

The Peperomia Bangroana grows all around tropical Africa, especially in South Africa and the Eastern Cape. You may find some varieties in Madagascar as well.

This plant is a perennial epiphytic herb and usually forms mat-like ground cover as it grows. It has creeping stems and elliptical leaves.

Beetle

Beetle Peperomia Plant Close up
This plant has creeping stems and dark green leaves with light green stripes.
Scientific Name: Peperomia quadrangularis
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Partial shade/filtered sunlight

If you need a smaller house plant option, check out the Beetle Peperomia. It has creeping stems and dark green leaves that make it perfect as a hanging plant. And with light green stripes, it has a lot of personality for being just a little guy.

The trailing characteristics make it easy to love this plant. You can hang it, put it in a pot up high, or let it grace your windowsill with its foliage.

Native to the jungles of South America, the Beetle Peperomia thrives in high humidity and filtered sunlight. This makes it a great addition to a humid area in your home, like the restroom.

Belly Button

Belly Button Peperomia Plant Close up
This variety is easy to care for and produces rich green leaves.
Scientific Name: Peperomia verticillata
  • Plant Type: Evergreen succulent
  • Plant Size: 1-2 feet
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Filtered/Partial Sun

There’s a lot to love about the Belly Button peperomia. It’s small, cute, full of life, and vibrant color. All varieties have rich green leaves in common, and this one is no exception.

The foliage of this particular plant makes it especially attractive as a house plant. Not only is it lovely, but it’s easy to grow. You don’t have to pay much attention to it before it starts thriving.

Suppose you need a plant that will bring some variety to your house plant collection, check out the Belly Button Peperomia. It adds a lot of personality without adding more work to your daily existence.

Bibi

Bibi Peperomia Plant With Vines Hanging from Planter
This variety is a delightful hanging houseplant with small, dark green leaves.
Scientific Name: Peperomia trinervula
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 7 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 1-2 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Partial sun/shade

The Bibi Peperomia is closely related to other varieties, including the peperomia glabella. It’s a great hanging plant and grows in green, bushy clumps.

Make sure to give your Bibi plenty of shade. Bright, indirect light is best. The soil should be moist, but not soaking wet. Beware of sitting water! Sitting water will quickly cause the roots to rot.

These plants tend to thrive at room temperature all year round. You’ll want to keep a close eye on it during the winter if you live somewhere cold and dry.

Brazilian

Brazilian Houseplant With Thick Leaves
This variety prefers bright, indirect sunlight.
Scientific Name: Peperomia pellucida
  • Plant Type: Annuals
  • Plant Size: 6-8 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Full to moderate

The Brazilian Peperomia, called the pepper elder or shining bush plant, is technically an herb. It has shallow roots with succulent stems and tiny, heart-shaped leaves.

This indoor plant is quite common, and like all varieties is very low maintenance. It prefers bright, indirect sunlight and would make a great indoor plant for windowsills or a bookshelf.

Caespitosa

Close up of Peperomia Caespitosa
This type of peperomia is one of the trailing varieties.
Scientific Name: Peperomia caespitosa
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 3-4 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Medium to bright, indirect

The Peperomia Caespitosa is one of the trailing vine varieties. Growing along the Andes in South America, this small peperomia doesn’t trail as far as other vining peperomias.

The leaf of the Caespitosa elongates as it grows, creating a unique shape that distinguishes this plant from others.

You’ll appreciate the red stems and the multi-colored leaves of this peperomia. You don’t have to work too hard to take care of this plant; just make sure you keep it out of direct sunlight.

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Cilantro Leaf

Cilantro Leaf Peperomia Close Up
The richly-colored green leaves of the Cilantro Peperomia are streaked with light green veins.
Scientific Name: Peperomia maculosa
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 5-6 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect

There are a few rare varieties, especially in home gardens. The Cilantro Leaf Peperomia is one such variety. It resembles a pepper more than other varieties and has deep, rich, shiny green leaves.

The veins in the Cilantro Leaf are white and highly pronounced, adding a spot of character to this attractive plant.

One of the best things about the Cilantro Leaf is the spicy odor that you might find emanating from it. It almost smells like ginger, and it’s delightful.

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Columbian

Person Holding Houseplant With Dark Leaves
The leaves of the Columbian Peperomia are dark and mysterious.
Scientific Name: Peperomia metallica var. Columbiana
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 3 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect

The Columbian Peperomia is a vibrant plant with glossy, cup-like leaves. The leaves grow clustered together to create a bulbous head. The colors are a fascinating mix of deep green, blood red, and black.

The plant doesn’t need enormous amounts of water. This plant could likely survive in a drought if necessary. Before watering the plant, ensure the first two or more inches of soil are dry.

If you’re looking for a beautiful and low-maintenance plant, this variety fills both requirements.

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Cupid

Cupid Houseplant Being Held by Person
Cupid Peperomia is native to South and Central America and has light green, glossy, heart-shaped leaves.
Scientific Name: Peperomia scandens
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 24-36 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Abundant, indirect

As far as vining epiphytic perennials go, this plant has an exciting vibe.

Cupid Peperomia can grow pretty long, so you might want to give it something to grow up. It’s usually a light, sage-like color with glossy, heart-shaped leaves.

The plant is native to South and Central America, where you can find it growing in the treetops. It’s one of the hardiest houseplants you can see, and it’s effortless to care for; as long as you keep it near the sunlight, it will thrive.

Elongata

Long Leaves of Tropical Houseplant
The Peperomia elongata is distinguishable by its elongated rich green leaves with white veins.
Scientific Name: Peperomia elongata
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 10-12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Medium to bright, indirect

The Peperomia Elongata is another rare example of peperomia’s wide variety existing within nature. This evergreen has shoots that are fleshy and thick. The pale green leaves have an elliptic shape, and the veins get closer to the stem.

This variation is native to South America, existing naturally around the continent. The care and maintenance of the plant are straightforward and don’t require much effort.

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Emerald Ripple

Emerald Ripple Houseplant in Blue and White Planter
This variety prefers bright, indirect lighting.
Scientific Name: Peperomia caperata
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 8 inches tall
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright, indirect

If the name sounds promising, you won’t be disappointed by the Emerald Ripple Peperomia. Not only does this plant have actual emerald-colored ripples through the foliage, but it also has heart-shaped leaves that link it to other peperomia varieties.

Native to tropical, temperate climates, the Emerald Ripple does best in environments that mimic its natural habitat. You don’t need to water the plant constantly, and you’ll do well to keep it out of direct sunlight.

You’ll find this plant in various conditions. It can be bushy herbaceous ground cover. But in the South American jungles, it’s often epiphytic. Either way, the plant is easy to grow and maintain.

Felted Pepperface

Felted Pepperface Houseplant on a Tabletop
Felted Pepperface is native to Brazil and grows well in moist soil and indirect sunlight.
Scientific Name: Peperomia incana
  • Plant Type: Evergreen Perennial
  • Plant Size: 6-12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 1-2 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Medium to bright, indirect

As a native of Brazil, this evergreen perennial peperomia supports foliage all year long. This variety does well with regular but not excessive water. You’ll want to keep the soil moist and protect the plant from too much direct sunlight.

One fascinating thing about the Felted Pepperface is the tiny white hairs covering the leaves. These white hairs protect the plant from the scorching heat of the sun.

Flowering

White Bottlebrush Flowers of the Flowering Peperomia
This variety blooms with spiky white flowers.
Scientific Name: Peperomia fraseri
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 1 foot
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect

Not all peperomia plants flower. Most simply grow green leaves of various shapes and sizes. Naturally, finding a variety that does flower is always exciting. This variety grows white spike-like flowers, and is one of the few white flowering plants you can grow indoors.

Surrounded by deep green leaves, the stems grow long and narrow. They have a reddish hue, making the white flowers stand out even more. You can plant this variety in a pot or a hanging basket and have great success.

Frost

Peperomia Frost
This variety is one of the most common houseplants within the species.
Scientific Name: Peperomia caperata ‘Frost
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 8-12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: bright, indirect

Peperomia frost is one of the more popular varieties, outside of ‘watermelon’ and “silver peperomia’ which ‘frost’ is sometimes mistaken for. This easy to care for houseplant has green leaves that look like they’ve been touched by a bit of frost, hence the name.

It’s low maintenance, and prefers bright, indirect sunlight. It has fairly low moisture requirements, with preference to weekly waterings and the occasional misting. They grow to about 12 inches tall.

Fuzzy Mystery

Fuzzy Mystery Houseplant With White background
Fuzzy Mystery Peperomia produces heart-shaped leaves with dark red veins.
Scientific Name: Peperomia puteolata
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 11-18 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: bright, indirect

What is so mysterious about this particularly fuzzy peperomia variety? There are a few mysterious things about it. For one, the Fuzzy Mystery is technically unclassified. It doesn’t have a name; it’s simply called the Fuzzy Mystery.

Despite its hidden origins, this plant is a popular one to have in the house. It has fluted, heart-shaped leaves with dark red veins and reddish stems.

You don’t have to work too hard to keep this plant alive, which is only one reason it makes an excellent house plant.

Golden Gate

Golden Gate American Rubber Houseplant
The Golden Gate peperomia has delightful golden and green leaves.
Scientific Name: Peperomia obtusifolia variegatum
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 8-12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Medium to bright indirect

The Golden Gate peperomia has beautiful marbled leaves in light green, cream,yellow, and red along the very edges. The variety in color and easy care instructions make this plant a crowd pleaser.

Keep your Golden Gate in a well-lit area, but away from the sun’s rays. Because it is from the tropcs, it enjoys a humid environment. It is best to use well-draining soil to avoid ever-hated waterlogging.

As with all peperomia plants, bottom watering is the best method. It ensures a deep, heavy watering after most of the soil has dried out.

Happy Bean

Happy bean plant in white pot
This plant is a beautiful cold-sensitive succulent.
Scientific Name: Peperomia ferreyrae
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 6-8 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Medium to bright, indirect

Known as the Happy Bean, this peperomia is a beautiful succulent that makes an excellent addition to any house plant garden. This succulent can grow in low light conditions, but prefers some exposure to bright, indirect sunlight.

This variety has long, narrow foliage that resembles green beans. Its bright green leaves sprout from the stem and cascade out in a light canopy.

Hope

Thick Round Leaves of Housplant
This variety is an evergreen plant with creeping stems and smooth, round leaves.
Scientific Name: Peperomia tetraphylla
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Partial

Peperomia Hope goes by a few different names. You might hear it called the acorn peperomia or the four-leaved peperomia. These highly descriptive names tell of Hope’s essential qualities.

This variety is native to tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. While it’s not native to Hawaii, it now exists as an introduced species.

This low-growing herb is an evergreen perennial that produces creeping stems that are usually a mix of red and green.

Hutchisonii

Gray-Green Plant Growing in Arid Desert
Not much is known about the unique Peperomia hutchinsonii plant.
Scientific Name: Peperomia hutchisonii
  • Plant Type: Undefined
  • Plant Size: Variable
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Needs: Partial

The Peperomia Hutchisonii is still undefined, although scientists are working on the issue. We know that it’s native to Peru and that it is an accepted species of peperomia.

Beyond that, there’s much left to learn about this particular plant. Like other peperomia varieties, it seems to thrive without much water or direct sunlight.

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Isabella

Isabella Houseplant With Yellow Background
This variety is a small climbing perennial with round, yellow-green leaves.
Scientific Name: Peperomia hoffmannii
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 40 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Medium to bright, indirect

Another variant of Peperomia hoffmannii, the Isabella Peperomia, is a tiny vining perennial with delicate, round, yellowish-green leaves. The stems grow long, shooting out from the roots.

This is a great plant to have to grow up a lamp or some other tall, standing piece of furniture. You can keep it mostly shaded, although it needs bright morning light.

Try to dry the soil well between waterings. It’s easy to water log these plants, so be sure to check the soil before adding any more water.

Itsy Bitsy

Itsy Bitsy Houseplant Close up
the Itsy Bitsy Peperomia has bright red stems and undersides of the leaves.
Scientific Name: Peperomia rubella
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 4-6 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 1-2 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: 1-3 hours direct sunlight, then medium indirect

If you’re looking for a rare peperomia variant, this Jamaican native should immediately catch your eye. With red stems and scarlet red on the leaf undersides, it truly is a unique version of the plant we’ve seen many times.

This variety is genuinely unique. It’s a rarer variety and unlike others in the family, it needs between one and three hours of direct sunlight daily.

You want to ensure the soil stays moist, although not that wet. Don’t overwater this plant, or it won’t last long as the pride of your collection.

Jayde

Shiny Leaves of Jayde Peperomia
Jayde Peperomia is a drought-tolerant plant that prefers partial shade and good drainage.
Scientific Name: Peperomia polybotrya
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 8-12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect

The Jayde Peperomia goes by several names, including the Coin Leaf Peperomia or Owl Eye Peperomia.

Caring for it is relatively straightforward. It lives best in partial or dappled shade. Pot this succulent in something with excellent drainage. It is reasonably delicate when exposed to full sunlight, so keep it where it will receive indirect light.

If the plant gets too wet, it could lead to rot and worst case, plant death.

You’ll want to water this plant sparingly. Although the recommended time to water is once a week, a little less frequently would be just fine. It’s highly drought-tolerant, meaning it can survive with almost no moisture for extended periods.

Jelly

Small Red and Green Plant in Black Planter
Peperomia Jelly produces waxy leaves in shades of green, cream, and red.
Scientific Name: Peperomia clusiifolia ‘Jelly’
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 10 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: No direct sunlight

If you want the classic peperomia look with plush, colorful leaves that grow into a bush-like display of nature’s bounty, look no further than the Jelly.

This plant is particularly interesting, with a mix of green, cream, and almost red hues adorning the large, sleek leaves. It’s easy to grow and even easier to keep alive.

Keeping it out of direct sunlight is key to working with this particular variety. That’s generally true of most peperomia varieties, but it’s especially true of the Jelly.

Metallic

Peperomia rosso With Red Undersides of Leaves
Metallic Peperomia has vibrant red undersides of its leaves.
Scientific Name: Peperomia rosso
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 8 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright, indirect

Most peperomia plants are some shade of green. Many have deep green leaves that could easily be mistaken for black under lousy lighting.

Some varieties, like the Metallic Peperomia, have a red quality. In this variant, red exists under the leaf and on the stems.

It lives well with minimal watering, partial shade, and good humidity. It’s susceptible to the cold, meaning you want to keep the environment around it reasonably warm. It’s easy to love the look of this variety.

Monticola

Vining Plant With Round Leaves Growing in the Wild
This particular peperomia plant has round leaves that grow sparingly along the vining stem.
Scientific Name: Peperomia monticola
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 5 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 1-2 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Partial

The Peperomia Monticola is a little smaller than other plants. Instead of growing two or three round leaves on thin, vining stems, it doesn’t have the same vibrant leaf collection.

These plants are native to most of Mexico, although it’s typically found in try environments. The leaves wither quickly in dry heat, so keeping them out of direct sunlight is vital.

While you don’t want to overwater the Peperomia Monticola, keeping them from drying out is important. The best way to do that is to water them regularly once their soil has dried.

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Panama

Red Flowers on a Panama Peperomia
This variety is a hanging succulent with bright green leaves and delicate red flowers.
Scientific Name: Peperomia perciliata
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 2-4 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect

The Panama Peperomia derives its name from the land where it is believed to have originated. From Panama, this plant likely crept into Colombia, where you can still find it in abundance.

This variety is a great hanging succulent. The stems grow loose, creating a look of cascading green vines. The leaves are vibrant green in color and grow heartily in most temperate conditions.

You’ll want to plant the Panama Peperomia in a tight spot for the best results. This allows the stems to grow out and flow more freely over the edges of the pot.

Parallel

Vibrant Green Striped Leaves of Parallel Peperomia
Parallel Peperomia produces bright green leaves with thick white veins.
Scientific Name: Peperomia tetragona
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 6-12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Partial shade, partial light

The Parallel Peperomia was once known as Peperomia puteolata. The plant has three or four leaves on each stem, usually grown with thick white veins visible against vibrant green.

It’s a cute, small, almost miniature version of peperomia. This epiphyte is native to South America, typically in Bolivia and Ecuador.

You’ll be most likely to succeed if you grow this variety in a small pot. The root system is small, so you don’t want to give it too much space.

Peacock

Showy Peacock Peperomia
The showy Peacock Peperomia requires minimal care and attention.
Scientific Name: Peperomia albovittata
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 8-12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect

One of the most desirable features of the peperomia plant is how easy it is to care for daily. They typically don’t need much attention, sunlight, or water. You can essentially sit back and let them grow.

The Peacock Peperomia is no exception. It’s a dainty, showy houseplant that needs very little daily care. The red veins make it particularly attractive, as well as the ruffled leaves.

You’ll want to pack this plant in a small, tight pot. This will allow the plant to grow out like a bush, which is its favorite thing.

Pearly

Tiny Leaves of Pearly Peperomia Close up
The stem of Pearly Peperomia is covered with many emerald leaves similar to dragon scales.
Scientific Name: Peperomia columella
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 15.7 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect

The Pearly Peperomia is another unique variety that stands out among others. It has tall stems that grow leaves tightly together, hiding the stalk almost entirely.

Over time, the stems become a pendant. This makes them great for hanging baskets, as the stems will begin to cascade. These plants are usually found on the cliffs of Peru. It’s a rare version of peperomia and technically endangered.

With bright, indirect sunlight and just a little watering, you can have one of these little guys growing in your house in no time.

Pereskiifolia

Full houseplant Growing in Terra Cotta Pot
This variety produces small green leaves tapering towards the edge, which are carried on reddish stems.
Scientific Name: Peperomia pereskiifolia
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 6-12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 1-2 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Shade to partial sun

The Peperomia Pereskiifolia is native to Venezuela and Colombia. It has medium-sized green leaves that grow slightly narrow on reddish stems. The edges of the leaves have a red hue to them as well, giving these varieties lots of colors.

The stems grow tall and straight but can cascade over the side of something like a hanging basket.

You don’t need to work too hard to care for these plants. Water them every other week for best results and keep them out of direct sunlight. Dappled sunlight is the best option overall for keeping these plants alive.

Piccolo Banda

Houseplant With Vibrant Green Leaves With Red Veins
Piccolo Banda Peperomia grows well both in diffused light and in partial shade.
Scientific Name: Peperomia albovittata ‘Piccolo Banda’
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 8-12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Avoid direct sunlight

Although the Piccolo Banda is a beautiful variety, it strongly resembles others within the species. It has thick, pale green leaves that grow out in a bush-like fashion. It has dark, reddish veins and bright red stems. And it doesn’t need a lot of water.

While most peperomia plants need dappled sun, this particular brand doesn’t need much light. It adapts to low light conditions.

One of the things that makes this such a good house plant is that you can put it almost anywhere, forget about it, and it will be just fine.

Pink Lady

Pink Lady Houseplant
Pink lady is easily identified by the variegated pink leaves.
Scientific Name: Peperomia caperata ‘Pink Lady
  • Plant Type: Evergreen perennial
  • Plant Size: 5-8 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 1-2 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Abundant sunlight

The Pink Lady is a relatively rare houseplant. It thrives off regular watering, about every 1-2 weeks, or when the first couple of inches of the soil are dry.

This fast-growing peperomia shouldn’t need any fertilizer, but well-draiing soil is a must. The light pink and cream variegated leaves make this plant a must have! Abundant but indirect light is best for providing the most color.

Prayer Pepper

Close up of Folded Leaves of Succulent Plant
The Prayer Pepper does not tolerate direct sunlight and is sensitive to frost.
Scientific Name: Peperomia dolabriformis
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 2 feet
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: No direct sunlight

The Prayer Pepper has a multitude of uses. You can plant it anywhere from rockeries to terrariums or put it in a pot inside. You can hang it from your porch or a window. Just make sure it stays out of direct sunlight.

The Prayer Pepper is highly susceptible to frost, so keep it in good temperatures. Keep the plant in a small pot for the best results.

You can get a lot out of these plants. They tend to grow healthy new roots that you can use to transplant and spread throughout your garden.

Privet

Houseplant With Trailing Red Stems and Dark Green Leaves
This variety is great for hanging baskets as it has a delightful reddish stem with rich dark green leaves.
Scientific Name: Peperomia glabella
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect

If you’re new to the plant game, you might be looking for something easy to care for that still adds lots of life and excitement to your home garden.

Look no further than this particular plant. It’s the perfect addition to your home or your office.

Sometimes known as the Cypress Peperomia, this special variety has grown naturally in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama, and parts of the Southern United States.

The Privet Peperomia grows out live a vine and is perfect for hanging baskets. The stems have a reddish tint, and the leaves are deep, dark green.

Quito

Quito Houseplant With Black Background
Quito leaves grow in shades or orange and pink with bronze undertones.
Scientific Name: Peperomia caperata ‘Quito’
  • Plant Type: Evergreen Perennial
  • Plant Size: 8-12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 1-2 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Partial sun

The Quito peperomia is uniquely colored. It has tones of orange, bronze, and pink on its deeply ridged, heart-shaped foliage. The leaves will slightly shimmer under sunlight.

It is best to grow this variety in partial sun. The soil should be moist, but well-draining and never waterlogged. They do not grow to be very tall, only about 8-12 inches in height.

Rainbow

Houseplant With Green, Cream, and Red Leaves
This variety prefers to grow in the shade away from direct sunlight in a small pot.
Scientific Name: Peperomia clusiifolia ‘Rainbow’
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 6-12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Low to medium, indirect

The Rainbow Peperomia is colorful, although it doesn’t have all the rainbow colors. But the interesting mixture of green, cream, and red makes this one a delight around the house.

Though moderate sunshine is acceptable, you need good shade to keep this plant happy. Make sure to keep it out of direct sunlight for better plant health.

Keeping this variety in a small, tight container will help it grow tall and upright. It doesn’t branch out and turn into a vine-like other peperomia variety, making it the perfect selection for an upright pot.

Raindrop

Houseplant With Raindrop-Shaped Leaves
This variety produces thick glossy leaves resembling a raindrop.
Scientific Name: Peperomia polybotrya ‘Raindrop’
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 8-12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect

The Raindrop Peperomia is known for a couple of key features, including the thick, fat, glossy-looking leaves that resemble a raindrop.

You don’t need to be a plant expert to keep the Raindrop Peperomia alive and thriving. It’s a fairly easy plant to have in the house. If you don’t overwater it and keep it out of direct sunlight, this variety will be fine. It grows fast and adds character to the home environment.

Red-Edge

Houseplant With Bright Green Leaves and Red Edges
This variety gets its name from the red edges on its bright green leaves.
Scientific Name: Peperomia clusiifolia ‘Red-Edge’
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 10 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Indirect

The Peperomia clusiifolia describes multiple types of peperomias. The Red-Edge Peperomia is the third on this list alone. The Red-Edge is similar in style and care to other clusiifolia varieties.

It is set apart with distinctive red edges to the leaves. The red can vary between bright, pale shades and deep, blood-red. Indirect sunlight is the best way to get the Red-Edge Peperomia the light it needs for survival.

Red Log

Velvety Green and Red Leaves of Houseplant
This variety produces small fluffy green leaves that are bright red underneath.
Scientific Name: Peperomia vericillata
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: Up to 1 foot
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect

You’ll love the look of the Red Log Peperomia. It has small, slightly fuzzy leaves that are dark green on top and a scarlet red on the underside.

Caring for the Red Log Peperomia is straightforward, just like all other plants. It needs bright, indirect sunlight and very light watering. During the winter months, it needs even less watering.

This variety is sensitive to temps that drop below 40 degrees. Try to keep it in a warm, comfortable environment during the winter months if you live somewhere with colder temperatures.

Red and Silver

Peperomia trinervis
This variety is colored like the name says, with bits of red in the stems and silver touches in the leaves.
Scientific Name: Peperomia trinervis
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 10 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 1-2 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Abundant sunlight

This variety is a creeper or trailer plant, an evergreen perennial, denoted by deeply visible parallel veins on the leaves.

The leaves are pointed, thick, and pale green. It’s native to Ecuador and has silver markings along the veins.

There are a few things about the Red and Silver Peperomia that set it apart from all other peperomia plants. For instance, it needs more regular watering and more sunlight than other peperomias. It is also extremely rare to find.

We’ve come across rare peperomias before now, but the Red and Silver Peperomia is one of the most difficult to find.

Image Credit: Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz, via Wikimedia Commons (Image Use Allowed With Attribution)

Red Ripple

Dark Red Leaves of Rare Houseplant
This variety produces deep reddish-purple leaves with a wrinkled texture.
Scientific Name: Peperomia caperata
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 8 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright, indirect

The Red Ripple Peperomia goes by several names, including the Red Peperomia caperata. The species name caperata indicates that the plant leaves have a wrinkly texture.

The herbaceous perennial is native to the rainforest of Brazil, where it lives mostly as ground cover. It blooms seasonally and has deep reddish-purple leaves.

You’ll get the best results with the Red Ripple Peperomia if you grow it in a small pot. The plant is not that large and tends to do best with limited space.

Rubella

Plant With Green Leaves and Red Stems
This peperomia plant is another on our list that has red stems and leaf undersides, while the tops of the leaves are green.
Scientific Name: Peperomia rubella
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 4-6 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Partial sunlight

The Peperomia Rubella is a small variety with fleshy leaves in an elliptical shape. They usually grow in four clusters with distinctive red stems and leaf undersides.

Like most other varieties, this plant tends to grow out and spill over the edges of the pot. Keep this in a small pot so it drains well and doesn’t tire out the root system.

One of the unique features of this plant is that it flowers. Not all plants within this genus flower, so that’s important to think through if you want a flowering plant!

Image Credit: Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz, via Wikimedia Commons (Image Use Allowed With Attribution)

Ruby Glow

Green and Red Leaves of Small Houseplant
Ruby Glow Peperomia is a succulent that produces folded green leaves with a red underside.
Scientific Name: Peperomia graveolens
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 10 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect

This variety is an ornamental succulent that hails from southern Ecuador. The plant has thick, folded green leaves on top and red on the bottom. The red stems this plant’s colorful look completely.

Your Ruby Glow Peperomia will do best in a fairly dry climate without too much watering and bright, dappled sunlight.

It won’t grow very large; the plant is a miniature shrub. However, you may see this plant grow taller if you keep it indoors.

Silver Leaf

Heart-Shaped Silver Leaves of Houseplant
Silver Leaf Peperomia has silvery heart-shaped leaves with green veins.
Scientific Name: Peperomia griseoagentea
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 10 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect

The heart-shaped silvery leaves give this peperomia its name. It’s one of the most popular varieties, and is seen commonly as a houseplant. Instead of having a green leaf with silver or gray veins, the Silver Leaf Peperomia is a silver-leafed plant with green veins. This gives the plant a unique dusty sort of look.

Sometimes called the Ivy Leaf Pepper or the Platinum Pepper, this plant also has reddish veins and flowers with tiny green spikes.

String of Turtles

Trailing Houseplant With Turtle Shell Leaves
This variety is a lovely hanging plant that has tiny, rounded leaves resembling turtle shells.
Scientific Name: Peperomia prostrata
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect

Check out the String of Turtles Peperomia if you need a good hanging plant. The leaves resemble the shape of turtle shells, and they grow on the vine as if on a string.

You don’t need to pay much attention to this plant to get it to thrive. Just don’t overwater it and keep it out of the direct sunlight. In that way, it’s very similar to all other varieties.

Sweetheart

Mini Watermelon Houseplants in Containers
Sweetheart Pepermonia also goes by Mini or Dwarf Watermelon Peperomia.
Scientific Name: Peperomia verschaffeltii
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 6 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect

If you want something a little bushier with bigger leaves, check out the Sweetheart Peperomia. It is also called the Mini Watermelon Peperomina because the leaves resemble the skin of a watermelon.

You’ll notice a couple of interesting things about this variety. For instance, it has thick silver stripes on the leaves, which are long and oval-like. This plant also grows tall instead of out.

Taco Leaf

Small Houseplant With Folded Leaves Growing in Container
Taco Leaf Peperomia has rich green, uniquely folded leaves.
Scientific Name: Peperomia nivalis
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 1-2 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Four hours of direct sunlight per day

Don’t let the name fool you: you shouldn’t eat the Taco Leaf Peperomia. However, you can enjoy the unique leaf shape and the dark green color.

The stems are fleshy and prostrate, and the folded leaves look like a taco or a snow pea.

Teardrop

Houseplant With Teardrop-Shaped Leaves
Teardrop Peperomia stores water in its leaves and can tolerate dry air.
Scientific Name: Peperomia orba
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 6 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Medium to bright, indirect

The Teardrop Peperomia is easy to care for because the plant stores water in its leaves, roots, and stems.

With water stored in the plant, tolerating dry air is much easier. So growing this plant in almost any environment is possible.

Trailing Jade

Trailing Jade Houseplant in White Container
Trailing Jade is a great hanging pot plant that produces climbing stems with small, oval, bright green leaves.
Scientific Name: Peperomia rotundifolia
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 8-12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect

Also known as the Trailing Jade, the Peperomia rotundifolia grows slightly differently. It does have bushier clumps of leaves which are small, oval, and bright green.

This version of the Trailing Jade will grow like a vine, making it a great plant for hanging pots. 

Vining

Vining Houseplant With Rich Green Leaves
The Peperomia dahlstedtii has long, vining stems that can reach up to a foot long.
Scientific Name: Peperomia dahlstedtii
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 12 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Shade to partial shade

Native to South and Central America, the Vining Peperomia is a fairly standard variety. It has small green leaves, grows like a vine, and requires little care or attention to thrive.

This plant makes an excellent addition to a hanging basket, or an area inside your home where you are comfortable in letting it climb freely. They grow quickly, and can be a great addition to any indoor garden.

Watermelon

Houseplant With Round Leaves Resembling a Watermelon
Watermelon Peperomia is a delightful houseplant that produces large green leaves that resemble the skin of a watermelon.
Scientific Name: Peperomia argyreia
  • Plant Type: Perennials
  • Plant Size: 6-8 inches
  • Watering Needs: Bottom water when the top 2-4 inches are dry
  • Sun Exposure: Low, indirect

Nothing beats the Watermelon Peperomia, which is evidenced by it’s surging popularity. It has larger leaves that around slightly rounded with sharp points. The leaves are striped with green and grey and can grow up to a foot tall.

The Watermelon Peperomia is non-toxic for pets and makes a great houseplant. It’s also one of the most common varieties you’ll find at your local plant store, or at online indoor plant retailers.

Final Thoughts

There are over a thousand varieties of peperomia plants out there. That means you have no shortage of options. The peperomia species is beloved for many reasons, but especially for their ease of care, regardless of the variety.

They don’t require much water, and as long as you keep (most of) them out of the direct sunlight, they’ll thrive on their own. With so many wild options, it’s no wonder peperomia is one of the top indoor plants you can welcome home!

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