An herbaceous, low growing plant. Valued for the striking foliage, succulent-like leaves are oppositely arranged. Narrow spike-like flowers are insignificant. Many cultivars exist, the foliage ranging in color variegation patterns of greens, yellows, and whites. An epiphytic plant native Florida and the Caribean, Baby rubber plant thrives in low light conditions. The ease of care and ability to grow in the indirect sun makes this a perfect house plant. Overwatering and direct sun are the leading cause of death. It is very resistant to pests. A drought-tolerant plant, The large fleshy, leathery leaves store water.
The common name baby rubber plant is misleading as the plant is not related to rubber. The genus name Peperomia comes from peperi (translated to pepper) and homoios (translates to resembling). The flowers closely resemble flowers in the Piper genus. The species name obtusifolia, obtusi (blunt) and folia (leave) translates to blunt-leaved
- Container plant
- Indoor plant
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