How To Grow Peperomia Pellucida Plants

Peperomia pellucida plants growing in a container

The Peperomia pellucida plant is a short lived perennial that is native to Mexico, Central and South America, the West Indies and other tropical climates or has become naturalized in the southeastern U.S. and Hawaii. Categorized as a weed in some regions and in others as an herb, P. pellucida — also known as ‘pepper elder’ or ‘rat ears’ plant — has proven to be a remarkable antibacterial with the potential for a broad spectrum antibiotic. Read on to learn about peperomia pellucida care and growth. Pepper Elder Seeds The plant does flower year-round, although blooms are inconspicuous light green to pale green spikes. These mature to reveal tiny dot-like seeds attached to the flower spikes. Pepper elder has a strong mustard-like aroma. P. pellucida, in the family Piperaceae, is a low growing plant of about 6-18 inches (15-45 cm) in height. Its habit is erect to partially draping. Rat […]

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