Native to Mexico, South America, and the West Indies, Peperomias, also known as Baby Rubber plants, Radiator plants, or Shining Bush, have 1000+ known species in their deep, rooted ancestry.
Many Peperomias are known for their thick, fleshy leaves – you might be inclined to take a bite out of one, but we suggest you refrain from doing so. Despite having 1000 species, if you had a variety of Peperomias in a police line-up, a good chunk of the 1000 don’t have defining characteristics to distinguish them from each other even though they’re completely innocent.
For those that you can tell apart, you’ll see some with heart-shaped leaves, others almond, and some oval. You might encounter green leaves, marbled, striped, or even varieties that possess grey or red foliage. That said, the one throughline with Peperomia plants are that they’re slow-growing, can be planted all year long, and are very low-maintenance – making them the perfect housewarming gift or office desk accouterment.