Is this Really a Peperomia?

My sister bought a really pretty plant that has very colorful, longish, thick leaves. The tag says peperomia, but the only peperomias I’ve seen are dark green with roundish leaves. Could you please tell us what it really is.

Hi Julie,

Your plant really is a Peperomia obtusifolia “Variegata.” I love this plant. Here is a picture of mine.

Pink, green, and cream colored peperomia plant
Variegated Peperomia obtusifolia

There are over 1000 varieties of Peperomia Plants and most are native to Central and South America. All Peperomia Plants, which belong to the Pepper Family, are semi- succulents with very similar care requirements. The leaves can be thick, plump, rippled, smooth, shiny, various shades of green, red, gray, and cream. The pattern on the leaves may be marbled, striped, or a solid color. Some varieties even make great hanging plants. Bright light and allowing the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering are the key things to remember when caring for these plants. They also like warm temperatures and being fed only in the spring and summer with a basic plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength.

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.

You can read all my care tips for peperomia plants in the Popular Houseplant section of the website. The picture is of the solid green variety but the care is just about the same. The main difference being the variegated peperomia likes even more light, but NO direct sun!