Peperomia obtusifolia

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Florida Peperomia


Plant Specifics

Size:0.5 - 0.75 ft tall by 1-2 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Green
Fruit Color:NA
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Groundcover.
Propagation:Division or stem cuttings.
Light: Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Epiphytic (growing on trees), Humus (organic, upland)
Soil pH:Acidic to neutral



The floral morphology of Peperomia species suggests wind- and/or insect pollination, but not much is known.

Native Habitats:Swamps (epiphytic on trees/logs).

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

Most plants sold as P. obtusifolia are from tropical American stock; local sources are recommended both to protect the genome and to enhance your likelihood of success.

It is listed as Endangered by the state of Florida.