Peperomia - a relative of pepper
Peperomia (Peperomia). These are erect or curly perennial or annual grasses, shrubs, sometimes small trees. Some of them are valuable as decorative and make up collections of botanical gardens.
Some types of peperomia are bred for decorative purposes. Among them - peperomia magnolia (Peperomia magnoliaefolia) - a short plant with large fleshy leaves. The stems are also fleshy, in an adult plant hang. This species has a variety with variegated leaves. The flowers are small, collected in an inflorescence-ear. The root system is weak, superficial.
Prefers wet rooms, shaded places. In autumn and winter it requires moderate watering, in summer - plentiful. Leaves are regularly washed and sprayed. The transplant is carried out in the spring in loose soil, consisting of leaf, sod land, peat and sand (1: 1: 1: 1/2).
Propagated by seeds that are sown in March, and cuttings, rooting them in a warm greenhouse with high humidity.
Peperomia rezvetotsvetnoy, or Frazere (Peperomia fraseri) has a high (up to 30 cm) branched stem with small, heart-shaped leaves. The flowers are small, white, with a fragrant odor.
Very decorative shriveled peperomia (Peperomia caperata) with dark green corrugated small leaves growing in a dense bunch. The flowers are white, collected in inflorescences on a long peduncle that rises above the bush.
Peperomia in recent years has attracted the attention of designers, amateur gardeners, as it looks great in compositions among other plants. Some ampelous species, for example, creeping peperomia (Peperomia serpens) can be hung in decorative flowerpots on the walls.