Peperomia plants varieties are enjoying a surge of attention, and you should consider adding them to your garden. These plant varieties will enhance your indoor spaces without being overly demanding.

Colorful Garden Foliage Peperomia Plants

Since there are hundreds of varieties, choosing the best one is a difficult task. To help you settle for the best peperomia varieties, here’s a look at some of the most beautiful types!

Types of Peperomia Plants Varieties To Grow in Your Garden

1. Trailing Jade

Trailing jade (Peperomia rotundifolia) is the perfect house plant for your home due to its creeping growth pattern. It’s also called jade necklace. The trailing jade peperomia has small, round, succulent-like leaves. One thing you’ll love about this plant is that it requires only a little maintenance.

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While the jade necklace might resemble the Crassula jade plant, these plants are very different. To draw a line between these two, you can refer to the trailing jade as leaf peperomia.

Potted Trailing Jade Plants

These plants are best used as hanging plants. Plant them in hanging baskets to take advantage of the vertical spaces in your home. If you live in a warm region where these peperomias can get direct sunlight, you can grow them outdoors.

Plant this houseplant in a semi-shady location, and it works well in well-drained soils. Keeping the soil moist is important since the plant doesn’t tolerate drought. The right potting mix should be sandy, well-draining soil and perlite.

You don’t have to water your jade frequently, as this might cause waterlogging, so only water when the soil dries out. Insert your finger in the soil to determine whether the soil is still moist, then water if needed; once a week is fair enough.

2. Watermelon Peperomia

The Watermelon peperomia (Peperomia argyreia) also tops the charts due to its instant appeal and popularity. This plant is indeed an eye-catcher, and there’s a good chance you might have seen it on kitchen tables, desktops and other indoor spaces.

It has glossy-green leaves that are delightfully evocative. It has red-colored stems and striking, off-center silver veins that add to its beauty. Typically, this plant is named “watermelon” because the pattern of its leaves resembles a watermelon’s skin.

Green Leaves of Watermelon Peperomia

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This peperomia plant is also among the popular peperomia varieties, and there’s nothing wrong with adding it to your indoor spaces. It brings a splash of life and color to your home, making it the right addition for tight spaces.

It’s an easy care plant, so you won’t struggle to keep its foliage green and glossy. Provide it with moist soil as it doesn’t tolerate drought.

3. Baby Rubber Plant

The baby rubber plant (Peperomia obtusifolia) is yet another plant variety that is adored by most gardeners. It’s also called peperomia frost or pepper face. This plant has beautiful rounded foliage. The rubber plant also has attractive variegated cultivars that come in varying colors like light green, dark green, silver, white, or yellow on the edges.

Glossy Baby Rubber Plant

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The baby rubber is a good choice for beginners since it requires minimal maintenance. It prefers indirect light but can also work well under a shady spot. This plant adapts easily to most environments but doesn’t tolerate waterlogging, so be careful not to overwater the plant.

4. Peperomia Metallica

Peperomia plants never disappoint since they come in plenty of natural variations, and peperomia metallica isn’t an exception. The most common type of this plant has deep dark green foliage with burgundy-colored undersides. It’s native to South America and will easily charm your garden if provided with the right growing conditions.

Dark Red Leaves of Peperomia Metallica

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To maintain a healthy peperomia metallica, ensure it grows in slightly moist soil. It doesn’t tolerate soggy soil since the roots can easily rot. You may have to water frequently during the dry season.

Place the peperomia metallica where it can get moderate light, preferably near the window to ensure it develops bright-colored leaves.

5. Peperomia Griseoargentea

Peperomia griseoargentea, also called Ivy peperomia or platinum pepper, comes with heart-shaped leaves that form rosettes and can be erect with trailing stems. Its leaves are quite small and have slender panicles or spikes.

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To grow this peperomia as an indoor plant, place it under partial shade during summer. In the cold winter, it can tolerate full sun.

Peperomia Griseoargentea Plants

Water the plant moderately during summer and sparingly when it’s raining. You can apply fertilizer when the plant is actively growing.

The peperomia griseoargentea is best planted on your patio or as a container plant. When choosing containers or pots for this plant, ensure it allows for proper drainage to prevent waterlogging.

6. Belly Button Peperomia

Belly button peperomia also goes by the name red log or peperomia verticillata. It’s an outstanding variety that produces four small oval-shaped leaves on each stem. The red log is definitely the right pick for you if you’re looking for houseplants for your home or office. 

Initially, the plant leaves grow upright until they droop because of their weight. The leaves have green tops with glowing red bottoms. The belly button variety is slightly larger than other peperomia plants.

Potted Belly Button Peperomia

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The button peperomia will have a unique look depending on how you grow the plant. For instance, if you provide bright light and trim it frequently, it will form a two-toned bush. However, when grown under partial shade, the plant stretches to develop longer, trailing stems. You can support it with a trellis or let it ramble. It all depends on how you want the plant to look.

This peperomia is uncomplicated, so you won’t find it difficult to maintain its healthy look. You only need to avoid overwatering it.

7. Peperomia ‘Ruby Cascade’

Looking for hanging baskets for your indoor plants? Well, the Peperomia ‘ruby cascade’ is a great selection. These plants have glossy, dark-green leaves with deep garnet red underneaths. They only grow to about 5 inches tall, making them ideal as houseplants.

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Provide the ruby cascade with balanced light for a healthy plant with bright foliage. The plant performs well where there is a balance of shade and sun.

Peperomia Ruby Cascade Plants

Most peperomia ruby varieties love being placed a few feet away from the window. However, you need to position the peperomia ruby near the window to get ample sunlight. Peperomia ruby cascade might tolerate shade but won’t develop bright-colored leaves.

Since the ruby cascade peperomia is a semi-succulent plant, you should give the soil some time to dry out before watering again. In fact, maintain dry soil most of the time, but don’t leave it dry for a prolonged period of time. 

8. Peperomia Japonica

Peperomia japonica is a cheerful plant that would make an excellent bushy hanging indoor plant. It features many oval, tiny, succulent leaves growing on cascading stems. The plant is native to South Asia.

Semi-succulent peperomia species will do well when provided with optimal growing conditions, especially with regards to humidity and watering.

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Japonica prefers bright indirect light. Consider placing it where it can get sun in the morning and late afternoon. Low light will only lead to leggy growth. If you notice any leggy growth, your plant needs more light.

Green Peperomia Japonica Plants

Japonica draws nutrients from rain, air, water, or surrounding debris. Therefore, it thrives in a soil substrate.

Plant this specie in a well-draining soil mix that is porous and has organic nutrients. Excess water in the container needs to leave quickly to allow the roots to breathe, so settle for a container that will prevent waterlogging.

A combination of compost, peat, humus or mulch, perlite, and bits of bark makes for a perfect mix. Consider getting a high-quality succulent mix and add perlite to provide your plant with the best growing conditions.

9. Red Ripple Peperomia

The red ripple peperomia is worth planting if you’re bored with green foliage and want to add a different color to your indoor spaces. Also called emerald ripple peperomia or peperomia caperata, it features lush green leaves with reddish stems.

It’s native to Brazil and grows well in areas with high humidity. It’s an interesting houseplant that will enhance your interior decor if it’s well taken care of. Luckily, it’s also pet-friendly.

Red Ripple Peperomia Plants

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The emerald ripple grows naturally, meaning you won’t have difficulty taking care of it. However, it’s important to do the basics — watering and providing ample sunlight.

The red ripple requires a balanced potting mix and perlite when grown as a houseplant. This allows for proper drainage, so it’s important to pick the right container for your plant. The ripple peperomia is very sensitive to dry soil. Do your best to ensure the soil is moist most of the time.

10. Raindrop Peperomia

Raindrop peperomia (Peperomia polybotrya) has large, heart-shaped leaves . Right from the first glance, you’ll understand where the plant got its name. It features leaves with pointed tips that make them look like raindrops. This plant is an interesting addition among other peperomia types you have in your home.

Close View of Raindrop peperomia

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As for the peperomia plant care, place it where it can get morning or evening sun. Water when the soil is almost dry since the plant prefers moist soil. Be careful not to overwater the raindrop peperomia plant as it doesn’t tolerate soggy soils.

11. Peperomia Orba

Peperomia orba will maintain its greenish appeal and freshness all year. This plant is similar to the raindrop peperomia due to the shape of its leaves. Peperomia orba is called teardrop peperomia or pixie lime since the foliage looks like raindrops.

Peperomia Orba Plants

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They are the perfect plants for small tight spaces that need some greenery. Place this plant on top of your office desk or bathroom cabinet. It rarely grows beyond 4 to 5 inches, so you shouldn’t worry that the plant might be invasive. It will be easy to contain it in small pots.

12. Peperomia Clusiifolia

Peperomia clusiifolia is slightly different from other peperomia varieties since it doesn’t have rounded and pointed foliage. Instead, it features large and curdled leaves with red edges. Common names for this plant include red edge peperomia, ginny peperomia or peperomia jelly.

There are different varieties of the ginny peperomia; most are variegated with light green, dark green, yellow, white, and cream coloring. You may find some with edged leaves that are fully tinted with red or pink.

Red Green Leaves of Peperomia Clusiifolia

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You should also note that these radiator plants resemble snake plants since they grow upwards without drooping. For that reason, they are a colorful centerpiece in your indoor spaces. This peperomia is worth growing if you’re into bright colors and flashy foliage.

13. Peperomia Prostrata

Peperomia prostrata is becoming more popular by the day. You can differentiate this plant through its tiny, round foliage no bigger than your thumbnail. The plant’s leaves look like turtle shells, hence the name “turtles peperomia.” They have spotted light or dark green patterns.

Peperomia Prostrata Strings

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The turtles peperomia plant is best used as a hanging plant. Pot this string of turtles plant and hang it somewhere where it can grow its bright green leaves to beautify your home. 

The turtles peperomia plant will suffer when it’s overwatered. You only need to make sure the soil doesn’t dry out. It’s important to choose planting containers that allow for good drainage. You can feed this plant with fertilizer to ensure they maintain its vibrant colors.

14. Peperomia Tetragona

Peperomia tetragona is a radiator plant that stands out with its almond-shaped leaves. The foliage has alternating strips of white and green. Tetragona develops long stems which are orange-colored, and this is also called parallel peperomia.

Peperomia Tetragona Plants

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It flourishes when provided with indirect sunlight. While it can grow in the shade, the plant won’t develop healthy leaves and stems. Avoid placing it under the direct sun since it will burn the leaves. The plant is ideal for windows where it can bathe in the morning and evening sun.

15. Peperomia Albovittata

Peperomia albovittata is a popular peperomia species due to its attractive heart-shaped leaves. The plant’s red stems also make it visually appealing, especially when paired with the glossy green foliage. This piccolo banda plant will enliven your environment with the greenery it adds to your everyday spaces. It’s commonly referred to as peacock peperomia.

White Green Leaves of Peperomia Albovittata

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Plant the albovittata where it can get bright light. However, it’s advisable to locate it where it gets morning and evening sunlight. Avoid using peat soil to grow this plant since the leaves are semi-succulent. 

16. Peperomia Graveolens

Peperomia graveolens, commonly known as ruby glow peperomia, is another common houseplant most gardeners love. The plant is adored for its vibrant colors, hence the name “ruby glow.” You’ll enjoy adding this plant to your garden with its distinctive canoe-shaped leaves.

Succulent Leaves of Peperomia Graveolens

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In terms of plant care, maintaining this plant is relatively easy. You’ll only need to ensure it gets enough sun. Unlike other common peperomia, the glow peperomia requires bright light. They are highly susceptible to root rot, and thus you should strive to ensure you don’t overwater them.

17. Peperomia Serpens

Peperomia serpens isn’t that common, and most newbies will mistake it for a heartleaf philodendron. This plant is also called cupid peperomia or serpens.

Green Leaves of Peperomia Serpens

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As with the other peperomia plants, serpens plant care is generally easy. The plant loves to bathe in moderate sunlight. Therefore, consider placing it where it can get indirect sun, preferably in the morning and evening.

Avoid putting the plant next to open doors or air vents since it doesn’t like chilly breezes. It can tolerate some heat as long as humid conditions are met.

18. Peperomia Hope

The peperomia hope (peperomia tetraphylla) resembles the trailing jade but has thicker leaves. If you love the trailing peperomia types, this is definitely worth having as an indoor plant. At first, you might assume that the tetraphylla ‘hope’ is a delicate plant. However, it’s surprising that it’s quite strong.

Potted Peperomia Hope Plants

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Like other peperomia care tips discussed herein, this plant requires moderate sun. Avoid exposing it to direct sun since it will fade and dull the plant. Peperomia tetraphylla ‘hope’ is best used as a hanging plant, especially in tight spaces.

19. Peperomia Napoli Nights

Peperomia Napoli nights is a hybrid of peperomia marmorata pollens and peperomia peruviana as the female. It’s a slow-growing plant that doesn’t grow beyond a foot tall. Fortunately, you can plant the Napoli lights anytime you want. It has oval-shaped foliage with a grey-green pattern, while the underside is pink-red.

Dark Green Leaves of Peperomia Napoli Nights

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The peperomia grows best in partial shade under humid conditions. Provide this plant with indirect sunlight daily for a few hours. Watering once a week is enough since the plant doesn’t like soggy soil. Give the soil some time to dry out before watering again, meaning you only need to water it once a week.

20. Peperomia Quadrangularis

Peperomia quadrangularis, also known as peperomia angulata or beetle peperomia, is another slow growing peperomia that can thrive in a container. You’ll love this houseplant for its attractive looks. It features oval-shaped leaves with semi-succulent stems.

You may have noticed by now that most of the peperomia plant varieties featured in this guide are compact. These plants require a small space, making them the perfect addition to your tiny indoor spaces.

Peperomia Quadrangularis Plants

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Plant the beetle peperomia in small containers and place them where they can blend with other items in your home.

This peperomia is pet-friendly, and it’s non-toxic to humans. Provide the plant with conducive soil conditions to thrive.

The soil needs to be airy and with organic nutrients, and like other peperomia species, this plant requires well-drained soils. Be careful not to overwater your plant, and make sure that you choose the right containers to grow them.


Peperomia plants varieties are ideal for modern living spaces since they can thrive in small spaces.

While there are many species that look similar, it’s essential to keep the following in mind when growing these plants:

  • Peperomia plants are happiest in medium to bright sun to ensure you maintain their green foliage colors.
  • Peperomias require well-drained soils to grow healthy and happy.
  • While peperomias require little maintenance, regularly check to determine whether or not your plants need additional care.

After knowing that the peperomias featured in this post can enhance your home’s curb appeal, which varieties are you thinking of adding to your indoor spaces?

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