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PlantFiles: Peperomia
Peperomia caperata 'Emerald Ripple'

Family: Piperaceae
Genus: Peperomia (pep-er-ROH-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: caperata (kap-er-AY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Emerald Ripple

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Monocromatico On Jan 26, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a tropical herb native from Brazil. It is quite sensitive to cold and direct sun light, requiring high moisture and air humidity to keep going, which makes it an ideal plant for greehouses and great houseplants. I almost got one the other day, but I had no money with me.

They are short plants, with dense foliage. The leaves are thick, dark green, with a shiny and rough surface. It looks like an African Violet at first sight, but the leaves aren´t covered with hairs. The petioles are also quite long, and generally white. The flowers are microscopic, coming in long and white/cream coloured spikes.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Olhão Municipality,
Merced, California
Pleasant Hill, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Volcano, Hawaii
West Linn, Oregon
Johnson City, Tennessee
Lubbock, Texas
Richmond, Texas

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