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Peperomia nitida 'Variegata'

Family Name: Piperaceae
Semi Shade Moderate Water Suitable for Hanging Baskets Indoor Plant Ornamental Leaves Cool Environment Creeper Herbaceous Plant


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Infraspecific Epithet
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Creeper, Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Herbaceous perennial with a trailing growth habit.
Foliage Thick, fleshy leaves are heart-shaped with entire leaf margin. Leaves are mostly light green with an irregular, cream-coloured to pale yellow border.
Flowers Tiny, green flowers are borne on spike inflorescences that resemble rat tails.
Taxonomy Previous name of Peperomia scandens 'Variegata' often misapplied in horticultural trade.
Cultivation This cultivar is slow growing, but easy to grow. Plant in fertile, well-drained soil and allow the soil to dry before re-watering. It does not tolerate waterlogging, so grow plants in pots In wet tropical locations, like Singapore. This cultivar grows well when slightly rootbound, so delay re-potting until the roots grow through the drainage holes. Plants should be placed in bright, filtered light. They lose their variegation and become solid green when grown in shady conditions. An easy method of propagation is to place stem cuttings in water. The cuttings will root in about 2 weeks.
Etymology The genus "Peperomia" means resembling pepper and is derived from the Greek words homoios (similar to) and peperi (pepper).

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils, Rootbound Conditions, Low Humidity / Aircon, Disease / Pest Resistant, Easy to Grow
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Hanging Basket

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Stem Cutting


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Yellow / Golden, Cream / Off-White
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth, Glossy / Shiny, Thick
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Green

Image Repository



Master ID 1029
Species ID 2323
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Species record last updated on: 19 April 2022.