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Peperomia prostrata (String of Turtles)


Scientific Name

Peperomia prostrata B.S. Williams

Common Names

String of Turtles

Scientific Classification

Family: Piperaceae
Genus: Peperomia


Peperomia prostrata is a small vining plant with fleshy, round, dark green to purple leaves with a beautiful pattern of white veins. It will form a thick mat and does well in hanging baskets where it will cascade over the sides of the pot. Leaves are up to 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) across. The narrow flower spikes are reddish-brown.

Peperomia prostrata (String of Turtles)

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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 Peperomia tends to wilt or have raised, scab-like protrusions on their leaves. Don't 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 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 Peperomias remain relatively small, so they will never grow into large specimen plants. Most species can be relatively easily propagated from leaf cuttings. See more at How to Grow and Care for Peperomia.


Peperomia prostrata is native to the rainforest of Brazil.


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