Peperomia dolabriformis var. glaucescens C. DC.
Peperomia dolabriformis var. glaucescens is a shrubby succulent with purse-shaped leaves and stems that become woody with age. The leaves are fleshy, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long, up to 0.5 inches (1.2 cm) wide. The two halves of each leaf are fused and folded upward along the margins with dark-green windows along their curved upper surface. The plant may be either rosette-forming or erect, laxly branched, and up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall. The inflorescence is green and up to 16 inches (40 cm) long. Flowers are small are green-white.
USDA hardiness zones 11a to 11b: from 40 °F (4.4 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Peperomias are not particularly hard plants to grow, and their small size and delicate leaves make them perfect for desktops and dish gardens. They will rarely overtake their neighbors or shade them out. In short, they are perfectly mannered and attractive little plants. The biggest problems are usually related to watering. They like steadily moist soil but can be very sensitive to overwatering. Overwatered Peperomias tend to wilt or have raised, scab-like protrusions on their leaves. Do not be alarmed if your plant loses a few bottom leaves, but a massive leaf-drop is usually due to a temperature change or fertilizer problem. Lastly, Peperomias are susceptible to mealybugs, so keep an eye out for cottony white masses on the stems or undersides of leaves. These plants thrive when slightly pot-bound, so do not over pot them.
Repot plants in spring, especially to refresh the existing soil, but place either back into the same size container after root-pruning or go up only one pot size. The largest Peperomias remain relatively small, so they will never grow into large specimen plants. Most species can be relatively easily propagated from leaf cuttings.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Peperomia.
Native to the warm valleys of northern Peru.
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