Plant Identification Help

Hi, I’ve had this plant for a little over a year, it’s been doing fine, though it’s a little stressed after a recent move. I bought it at my local grocery store and it had no tag so I’ve never known what it is. It grows long white spiky flowers. Any idea what it is?

Hi Katie,

Thick green leaves with purple under sides of peperomia capperato "rosso"
Peperomia caperata Rosso

Your plant is called a Peperomia caperata ‘Rosso.’ There are over 1000 varieties of Peperomia plants. All Peperomia plants, which belong to the pepper family, are semi- succulents with very similar care requirements. Over watering is the main reason peperomia plants die. Place a peperomia in very bright indirect light and watch it thrive on neglect! You can read all my care tips for a peperomia in the Popular Houseplant section of the website. The picture is of a different variety, but the care is the same.

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.