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Peperomia dolabriformis var. glaucescens (Prayer Pepper)

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Scientific Name

Peperomia dolabriformis var. glaucescens C. DC.

Common Names

Prayer Pepper

Scientific Classification

Family: Piperaceae
Genus: Peperomia

Description

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) broad. The 2 halves of each leaf are fused and folded upward along the margins with dark-green windows along their curved upper surface. It may be either rosette-forming or erect laxly branched up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall. The inflorescence is green and up to 16 inches (40 cm) long. The small flowers are green-white in color.

Peperomia dolabriformis var. glaucescens - Prayer Pepper

Photo via cactiguide.com

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 problem facing Peperomias are usually related to watering. They like steadily moist soil, but can be very sensitive to overwatering. Overwatered Peperomias tend to wilt (paradoxically) or have raised, scab-like protrusions on their leaves. Don't be alarmed if your plant loses a few bottom leaves, but 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.

Peperomia thrives when slightly pot-bound, so don't 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 Peperomia remain relatively small, so they will never grow into large specimen plants… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Peperomia.

Origin

Native to the warm valleys of northern Peru.

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