23 Beautiful Peperomia Varieties to Add to Your Indoor Garden

by Chenell | Last Updated: July 20, 2021
peperomia varieties

Peperomia is a type of houseplant that is considered low-maintenance, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy one to care for. Just like succulents, you can easily overwater peperomia. However, the work is worth it because of how many beautiful varieties of peperomia there are.

You can find peperomia in all kinds of colors, including green, brown, red, yellow, pink, and purple. Also known as “Radiator Plants”, they can be grown either in the house or in an outdoor garden and will display colorful leaf or variegated foliage throughout the warm months. Peperomia do not need much direct sunlight to thrive but prefer an area with indirect sunlight that is shaded during the hottest part of the day.

Peperomia plants are considered epiphytes, which means their roots don’t suck in much water, it’s their leaves

Peperomia plants absorb moisture and nutrients from the air, so they don’t need to be watered more than once every 1-2 weeks.

Peperomias have many uses around the house. They can be placed in bathrooms to clean up excess moisture or keep it from forming on surfaces like mirrors. They can also be used as decorative plants by placing them on tables or windowsills.

An herbaceous perennial in the Piperaceae family, Peperomia are considered tropical plants in nature. They are often considered a staple in many indoor gardens.

The best part is that the full range of peperomia plants are considered non-toxic for dogs and cats per the ASPCA.

Peperomia Varieties

There are types of Peperomia that are trailing varieties for hanging baskets or containers, and some with colorful foliage like the Peperomia obtusifolia, and many more.

Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia) 

baby rubber plant

Peperomia Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia) is an interesting and colorful houseplant that can be grown indoors or out. Its miniature green leaves are shaped like round disks with slightly wavy edges; the underside of the leaf is almost white in color.

Baby rubber plants should be sprayed with water two to three times a week when it’s housed outdoors and only needs watering once every couple of weeks when kept indoors.

Sometimes called “Benny” or “Baby Rubber Plant”, it’s a good choice to grow in an office or other indoor workspace because its leaves aren’t messy like some of the larger peperomia houseplants.

Peperomia Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia) can be propagated by taking cuttings of the plant, but be careful not to overwater the new plant, especially during its first few weeks.

This peperomia houseplant is a favorite because of its unique shape and color; it’s available in green or red forms as well.

The Peperomia Obtusifolia Variegata is a similar variety, but has variegated (split color) leaves.

Watermelon peperomia (Peperomia argyreia)

watermelon peperomia

Watermelon peperomia is one of my favorites and is quickly becoming a star of the houseplant community.

It is a trailing peperomia houseplant that grows abundantly in hanging baskets or air plants, but does well sitting on the soil. The leaves of this plant are dark green with splashes of red and pink, giving it a watermelon effect when grown in clusters. Its small size makes it ideal for desktops and windowsills since it won’t block light.

This trailing peperomia houseplant prefers medium lighting but can thrive in semi-shade as well. When kept indoors it should be sprayed with water once a week for optimal health and growth; when grown outdoors, watering is only needed every 2 weeks.

The flowers appear as spikes that stick out above the leaves.

Peperomia argyreia is similar to peperomia obtusifolia and can be propagated by taking cuttings or fresh stem tips from the plant.  To more easily propagate peperomia argyreia, you’ll want to remove the tiny brown seed pods, which will grow in place of new plants. This way, you can either plant the tiny peperomia houseplants in other containers or create a full ground cover with the hanging variety.

Peperomia argyreia requires high light and rich, compost-based potting mix to thrive. Like the other peperomia houseplants, this one can also be pruned and shaped regularly to achieve a variety of looks from the peperomia houseplant. It’s a great choice for an office or cubicle where the only plant light available is indirect and bright sun cannot be provided.

Peperomia argyreia is considered an indoor tropical plant and should be brought indoors when temperatures begin to reach 60 degrees at night. It will die if placed in temperatures below 50 degrees for more than a few hours.

Peperomia Hope (Peperomia tetraphylla) 

peperomia hope

Can be planted in a hanging basket indoors or outdoors.

Peperomia Hope is a trailing houseplant that will eventually trail to the floor of its container. It has dark green leaves with red and white edges. This peperomia houseplant can be propagated by taking cuttings or new stem tips from the plant, but it’s not as easy to propagate as some of the other peperomia varieties.

Peperomia Hope is a newer variety that is becoming more popular because of its unique shape.  It can be kept indoors or outdoors, but when grown outside it needs to be protected from frost and direct sunlight.

String of Turtles Peperomia Plant (Peperomia prostrate) 

string of turtles plant

String of Turtles likes to be left undisturbed for a long time. Over time, peperomia houseplants tend to form clusters of tiny new plants that grow around the main plant.

It is best to leave this peperomia houseplant alone for at least a few years and then divide it up to make more plants.

These tiny peperomia houseplants can be removed from the main plant and planted in other containers; they will continue growing as long as they have light and water.

String of Turtles likes to be outside during the warm summer months, but can be kept indoors in a bright spot during cold winters. It will grow fairly well with just indirect sunlight year-round; however, more sun will make its leaves bigger and healthier. When grown outdoors it should be watered regularly throughout spring, summer and fall, and left dry for 4-5 weeks in the winter.

Red Ripple Peperomia (Peperomia caperata)

red ripple peperomia

The leaves of the Red Ripple peperomia houseplant are shaped like a heart and grow in clusters. They should be thinned out once they get congested so that all of the baby plants have room to grow. These peperomia houseplants can be removed from the main plant and planted in other containers; they will continue growing as long as they have light and water.

This is a trailing houseplant that grows best when it’s attached to something, such as a hanging basket or piece of driftwood.  This peperomia houseplant can be propagated by taking cuttings or new stem tips from the plant, but it’s not as easy to propagate as some of the other peperomias.

Peperomia caperata is easy to care for, but it does need to be watered regularly during the warm summer months. During winters outdoors you should not water these peperomia houseplants until new growth begins in spring. You can place them inside during cold winter months if you want to keep them alive.

They can be grown from cuttings, but you’ll get new plants more quickly by simply separating the clusters of peperomia houseplants and planting each one in a separate container.

Emerald Ripple Peperomia (Peperomia caperata)

emerald ripple peperomia

The Emerald Ripple Peperomia is a small houseplant from Brazil that grows to about 4 inches on average.

They have lush, glossy, green leaves that turn reddish-purple during the fall and winter months. Much like other Peperomia plants, the Emerald Ripple Peperomia produces small white flowers with red bumps in the middle.

The common name for this type of peperomia is given to it due to its distinct coloration from the rest of the plant family. As you can see in the picture, these leaves have a vibrant lime green exterior with a red line along the center.

They are primarily grown as houseplants and only reach about 4 inches tall on average. They do grow rather slowly so be patient!

Peperomia Caperata “Variegata”

peperomia variegata

Another popular peperomia plant for decoration is the Peperomia caperata “Variegata.” With similar characteristics to the “Tricolor,” it has attractive green and white variegated leaves. In fact, the leaves are quite attractive even when they have lost their distinctive variegation. They grow in heart-shaped clusters that can be easily removed from the mother plant and kept as houseplants on their own.

Peperomia caperata “Variegata” is a trailing plant that can be grown in a hanging basket or used as a container garden; it’s available both

Peperomia Caperata “Tricolor” 

peperomia tricolor

The Peperomia caperata “Tricolor” is one of my favorites. It has colorful variegated leaves that are light green, white and red.

Peperomia caperata “Tricolor” can be kept indoors or outdoors but needs bright indirect light to survive. It has an interesting shape and its colorful foliage makes it a great choice for a container garden.

The Peperomia caperata “Tricolor” is a trailing houseplant and can be used to decorate a hanging basket with its colorful foliage. Take care not to overwater the Peperomia caperata “Tricolor”, especially if it’s housed outdoors; it prefers light shade or partial sun.

Silver Frost Peperomia (Peperomia Frost)

silver frost peperomia

The leaves of the Silver Frost Peperomia houseplant are thick and soft, with a silvery-white color that really stands out. The Silver Frost Peperomia is an easy houseplant to grow, requiring only a small amount of indirect sunlight, watering during the growing season every 2-3 weeks and no water during the winter months.

Although this peperomia prefers bright light, you can place it near a window that receives partial sun for most of the day. The Silver Frost Peperomia is relatively short, reaching only 6 inches on average outdoors.

The variegated foliage of this peperomia makes it a real show-stopper when grown indoors or outdoors as part of a container garden. A trailing plant, the Silver Frost Peperomia will spill over baskets and containers if it’s allowed to grow freely.

The Silver Frost Peperomia is resistant to insects and disease; its thick stems make it durable enough to handle the outdoor elements year-round.

Metallic peperomia (Peperomia rosso)

peperomia rosso

The Metallic peperomia is another easy houseplant for beginners. This peperomia houseplant is a trailing plant with variegated foliage that can add color to your home or office. The dark red and grey-green leaves make the peperomia houseplant a great choice for use in hanging baskets; its trailing stems will drape over the sides of pots, bringing movement and color indoors.

The leaves of the peperomia houseplant get thicker as they mature, adding to the plant’s durability outdoors.

The Metallic Peperomia is an easy-to-grow indoor houseplant and will do best in a planter with good drainage. The peperomia houseplant prefers bright indirect sunlight but can tolerate low light conditions.

Ruby Glow (peperomia graveolens)

Graveolens peperomia

The graveolens peperomia has large, thick leaves that can vary in color from light green to dark purple depending on the amount of sunlight it receives during its growing season.

Although the graveolens peperomia prefers bright indirect sunlight, it can tolerate low light conditions for a few hours per day. It can be placed in a south-facing window that gets full sun during the afternoon but is protected from morning sun by drapes or shades.

Watering this plant correctly will help it achieve its best color. If you are growing it outdoors, water once the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch (if you don’t have time to check the soil often, wait until the first day after a rainfall and then water). This peperomia houseplant prefers warm temperatures and the soil should be kept slightly moist.

The graveolens peperomia can trail up to 12 feet if given the chance. It looks best when it is trained upward with a stake and cut back occasionally to keep it in shape. Indoors, this peperomia houseplant should be placed within reach so you can trim it from time to time.

Ginny Peperomia (Peperomia clusiifolia)

The peperomia ginny is a great visual addition to any indoor garden. It’s tricolored leaves will brighten up the surrounding space and give you a pop of color.

It’s also one of the most forgiving plants you can grow. It will do well if you forget to water it for a while, but don’t leave it dry for more than two weeks at a time.

It’s also tolerant of low light, so it should be able to stay indoors if that is your preference.

The peperomia ginny prefers temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees F and will do well under fluorescent lighting or in a south-facing window.     

Jayde Peperomia (Peperomia polybotrya)

polybotrya peperomia

The Jayde peperomia, also called the Polybotrya peperomia or Green-margined Peperomia , has deeply lobed leaves that are a dark green color with lighter green stripes on the edge of each leaf. The leaves get wider as they mature and the plant becomes stronger.

If this peperomia houseplant is left to grow, it can eventually trail 6 feet in length and will need to be cut back periodically. Indoors, you should trim the Jayde peperomia at least once a month to keep it healthy and growing well.

The greatest threat to your peperomia plant is overwatering. Make sure the soil is dry to the touch before watering again.

This peperomia houseplant prefers warm temperatures and should be kept in a sunny or partially shaded spot that will receive at least 4 hours of bright indirect sunlight on a daily basis.     

Jayde peperomia will show its best color if it is given high-nitrogen fertilizer once a month.     

Peperomia Ruby Cascade

ruby cascade peperomia

The peperomia ruby cascade houseplant can grow up to 10 feet long outside, but usually stays shorter than that indoors. It should never be allowed to sit in standing water and the soil should dry out slightly between watering sessions. This peperomia houseplant is not quite as forgiving of neglect as its cousins, but it’s also a little easier to grow.

The houseplant needs high light and rich, compost-based potting mix to thrive. Overwatering is the biggest threat to the peperomia ruby cascade peperomia when it comes to its care.     

The Peperomia Ruby Cascade prefers the soil to be on the dry side. Ideal conditions are about 50 degrees F at night and 70 degrees F during the day with high humidity, which usually makes this houseplant happy.     

Peperomia Nivalis

Peperomia nivalis is an ideal low light houseplant that will thrive with just a few hours of sunlight each day.

This peperomia houseplant can be kept as a ground cover, or it can be trained upward to cascade over the edge of a mixed plant container.     

Because this houseplant is so small, it will need to be trimmed regularly so that all the stems stay at about the same height and they don’t grow taller than you want them to.     

Peperomia plants can be overwatered and the soil should never be kept wet or soggy. Ideal conditions are about 50 degrees F at night and 70 degrees F during the day with high humidity, which usually makes this houseplant happy.

This peperomia houseplant prefers rich, moist soil with plenty of peat moss. It’s not quite as forgiving of neglect as the other peperomia houseplants, but this one is also a little easier to grow than Peperomia Graveolens.     

Peperomia Nivalis can be pruned and shaped regularly to achieve a variety of looks from the peperomia houseplant. It’s a great choice for an office or cubicle where the only plant light available is indirect and bright sun cannot be provided.

Happy Bean Plant (Peperomia Ferreyrae)

happy bean plant

The peperomia ferreyrae is native to South American rain forests. It looks wildly different than other peperomia varieties, but they are still closely related.

The pepperomia ferreyrae can be planted in the ground or grown as an indoor houseplant. It’s happiest when it’s allowed to grow out doors, but it can suffer indoors from spider mites and scale. This peperomia houseplant doesn’t like to have its feet exposed above the soil, so it’s often grown in a hanging pot or container.     

The peperomia ferreyrae requires lots of light and good air circulation to prevent spider mites and scale; if it gets either of those pests, you’ll know it really quickly. This peperomia houseplant doesn’t do well exposed to direct sunlight, but it thrives in bright, indirect light. Water when the top inch or so of soil feels dry.     

Teardrop Peperomia (peperomia pixie)

pixie peperomia

Pepperomia Pixie is that rare peperomia houseplant that looks like it belongs on your desk. It’s an upright variety, growing into a graceful little bush with scalloped leaves and flat stems covered in tiny hairs or fuzz.     

This one is easy to grow as a houseplant, especially if it’s grown in low or medium indirect light. The Pixie doesn’t like to have very dry soil, so make sure to check it regularly.

Vining Peperomia (peperomia serpens)

A trailing peperomia with heart-shaped green leaves, the Vining Peperomia originated in South American jungles so they are native to a tropical climate.  

These make great hanging plants as their vines with beautifully dangle from the pot.

It’s easy to overwater peperomia, so make sure to check soil before watering, and if it’s moist, skip watering it that day.

Trailing Jade (Peperomia rotundifolia)

The Peperomia rotundifolia is one of my favorite houseplants because it’s so hard to kill.

It originated from the rain forests of South America, and it tends to prefer a humid environment when grown indoors. It was discovered in crevices, old fallen trees, and crawling across the ground. Safe to say that its a trailing plant.

Give it bright indirect light, dappled or strong southern light for at least 4 hours a day. Water when the top soil feels dry, but cut back on watering during winter months.

Cupid Peperomia (Peperomia Scandens ‘Variegata’)

This one is not a great outdoor plant, especially if you live in moderate to cold climates.

These make great hanging plants as their vines with beautifully dangle from the pot. It’s easy to overwater peperomia, so make sure to check soil before watering, and if it’s moist, skip watering it that day.

Peperomia Puteolata

peperomia puteolata

Peperomia puteolata, commonly known as the parallel peperomia, is a small to medium-sized perennial climbing plant with green or grey-green leaves which turn attractive red colors in direct sunlight.  The flowers appear on long spikes and are typical of peperomias, being bright yellow outside and purple inside.

Peperomia puteolata is a relatively easy to grow plant, however, the bright sunlight causes leaf burn if not placed in a shady area, making it unsuitable for most indoor environments. For that reason its ideal as an outdoor houseplant and can be used effectively outdoors in areas protected from frost and wind.  Deadheading the spikes, which naturally occur after flowering, can keep the plant in bloom throughout warmer months.

Pink Lady Peperomia (Peperomia obtusifolia)

Pink lady peperomias (Peperomia obtusifolia) are highly attractive flowering perennials with a variegated foliage of silvery-green and pink. They have round leaves, flattened stems and grow well in any soil as long as it is kept moist.  The plant produces spikes of tiny tubular flowers along wiry stems in summer.  To keep the plants in flower, cut off some of the spikes before they set seed and mature, a process known as deadheading.

Pepperomia obtusifolia is not one of the easiest peperomias to grow indoors especially if you are after the variegated foliage. It is, however, well worth the effort and can become a stunning addition to your houseplants collection.  Care should be taken when placing in areas that get direct sun as its foliage will burn in such conditions.

They make great hanging plants as their vines with beautifully dangle from the pot.

Roundleaf Peperomia (peperomia orba)

Peperomia orba, commonly known as the roundleaf peperomia, is a creeping perennial woody vine that produces dark green leaves and single or double white flowers. The variegated leaves of this plant make it an ideal specimen plant.

Peperomia orba is a relatively easy to grow, fast-growing houseplant that produces many stems and small leaves with an attractive variegation of green and white along the edges.  It can be used as groundcover and is also ideal for hanging baskets and containers outdoors, especially in summer when grown

Peperomia Care

Peperomia plants tend to grow fairly slowly and are generally trailing plants. They can live as long as ten years if cared for adequately. Propagating and pruning peperomia houseplants is simple because all of them are stem plants that will keep rooting at nodes. If you have peperomia houseplants that have grown too large for their containers, you can remove them and replant them in new containers.

In order to keep your peperomia healthy, it is a good idea to use potting soil mixed with compost.  Peperomia plants like fairly humid conditions; if the air

Chenell lived in a big city for 9 years and loved it. But ever since she was a little kid watching her grandfather raise cattle and pigs, she's always wanted to live on a farm. Once the pandemic hit, she bought a house with her partner on an acre and half of land and started planning a 50 foot by 50 foot garden....with no experience. This site is the place where you can follow along as this millennial tries to learn to grow her own food (and eventually make her own avocado toast).