It’s insanely easy to fall in love with peperomia plants, and lucky for you, there are a lot of peperomia varieties you can choose from. Not only that, the types of peperomia can look completely different one from the other, making collecting these plants a rewarding hobby.
The leaves can come in a variety of shapes, colors, and textures. There are trailing types, busy types, and upright types. There are enough that you can fill your home just with this plant. As peperomias are non-toxic to pets and children, that’s just another reason more to bring these into your home.
What are the Different Types of Peperomia Plants?
Small leaves, big leaves. Green leaves, silver leaves. Round leaves, pointy leaves. Oh, so many wonderful plants to choose from!
Common Peperomia Varieties with Photos
Browse through some of the more common plants from these groups and enjoy their versatility.
Peperomia Polybotria Raindrop
One of the most popular types of peperomia out there, this plant has the most wonderful raindrop shaped glossy leaves.
It’s not rare that this one is mislabeled as ‘Chinese money plant’ as there is quite a bit of similarity as far as looks go with said plant. Unlike ‘Chinese money plant,’ Raindrop is pet friendly.
This one comes in many sizes, from the adorable mini plants ranging to only a couple of inches to medium-sized ones growing up to 12 inches. Some will grow even beyond 12 inches.
Peperomia Dolabriformis “Prayer”
One of the more interesting peperomia varieties out there – the unique leaves are there to catch your attention. Don’t they look like a bunch of yummy green tacos?
This one might look small, and you can certainly keep it small if you choose to. However, it can reach an impressive height (over a foot).
Peperomia Hope (Peperomia rotundifolia – Trailing Jade)
Trailing Jade has the most gorgeous little green oval-shaped leaves, which grow in clusters of two or three leaves along long stems.
This trailing variety will look amazing in a hanging basket as well as on the shelf.
It’s a smaller plant that will grow up to 12 inch in height, or better said in length.
Peperomia Watermelon (Peperomia argyreia)
Beautiful round teardrop-shaped leaves with a gorgeous pattern resembling a watermelon (dark green and silver-green stripes). Striking appearance, in our opinion, and it can grow into a rather large plant. Easy to take care of and easy to propagate.
Keep in mind, if ordering this plant online, its pretty susceptible to physical damage and leaves can break off during transport (no matter how carefully it is packed). If the leaves fall off during transport, this will give you a wonderful opportunity to propagate your Watermelon Peperomia right from the start.
Peperomia Obtusifolia (Baby Rubberplant or Pepper Face)
One of the most popular varieties of this plant is the Baby Rubberplant. Its popularity makes this one easy to find and buy in almost every nursery and plant store. Regular and variegated versions can be found.
This succulent like variety is easy to care for. With its (usually) round-shaped thick dark green (sometimes also yellow-ish) glossy leaves this one is an eye-catcher.
Peperomia Obustifolia Variegata
If all green isn’t your thing you can also opt for a variegated version of the baby rubber plant.
Peperomia Ginny (Tricolor / Clusiifolia)
Ginny will bring a splash of color into your home as its leaves are green with splashes of cream with vivid red/pink edges. It’s one of the most colorful from this plant group.
Easy to care for and will thrive both in low light and fluorescent light, this one makes for a great office plant.
Peperomia Orba – Pixie Lime
The dark green streaks on this one might fool you at first, making you think that there is something wrong with the plant – however, this is the subtle variegation of the leaves. It’s adorable. Add to that the fact the leaves are slightly fuzzy and have a wonderful light green color. There really isn’t a reason not to add this one to your collection.
P. Prostrata (String of Turtles)
If you like trailing plants and are a fan of String of Hearts, you have to have the string of turtles.
One looks at the plant, and the name becomes obvious as each of the many tiny rounded leaves looks like a turtle shell.
Peperomia Caperata – Many Common Peperomia Varieties
This type of peperomia is by far the most common, and you can build an impressive versatile collection just by collecting Caperata specimens. From the pure green leaves, through leaves with silver strikes right down to full red leaves. The shape of the leaves is more or less the same across the group.
P. Caperata Emerald Ripple
One of the coolest P. Caperat plants is an emerald ripple. We featured this one just to give you an idea of how different Caperata varieties can look.
Another happy member of this plant group is the happy bean. Somewhat similar to the “Prayer” type, this one’s leaves resemble long beans (instead of tacos). Super easy to take care of.
Peperomia Verticillata – Belly Button
This one comes in many color variations as well, our favorite having green leaves and red under the leaves.
Peperomia Graveolens Ruby Glow
This little succulent is a thrill to grow. Such colorful leaves with an intriguing shape. You can keep it small or let it grow.
This one comes as a full green plant or as an even more gorgeous variegated version. It’s a fairly popular plant, so you’ll be seeing this one often in your local plant store or nursery.
A plant with one of the tiniest leaves from this plant group. It’s a trailing type so that it will pair up nicely with your String of Turtles.
Peperomia Puteolata – Parallel Peperomia
This one has a similar pattern on the leaves as the Watermelon variety does, with the leaves of Parallel P. being narrower. The leaves grow in groups.
Another specimen that attests to the diversity in this plant group. One of the more peculiar peperomia varieties out there.