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The Wrinkled-leaves Peperomia (Peperomia caperata), also commonly known as a Ripple Peperomia, is easily recognized by its puckered heart-shaped leaves. These leaves can occur in shades of green, silver or red, and can show a metallic sheen, further adding to its eye-catching appearance.
These herbaceous perennials are native to the rainforests of South America, specifically Brazil, and as such they do best in warm, humid conditions.
The name 'Peperomia' derives from Greek, and essentially means 'resembling pepper', as these plants are thought to look like one of their relatives - Piper nigrum - which is black pepper.
Ripple Peperomias are a low-maintenance evergreen plant that will do well in many indoor environments. However, it may be necessary to boost the humidity around your plant, as they don't like dry air. You can do this by misting regularly and / or using a pebble tray.
Want it to thrive? Place it in a spot with plenty of indirect light and make sure that the soil dies up a bit between waterings.
As with most Peperomias, Ripple Peperomias are semi-succulent and have epiphytic roots. This means that it's very important that your plant is not overwatered, and that it is planted in a well-draining soil which allows for air to reach the roots. Otherwise, your Ripple Peperomia can quickly develop root rot, which is often fatal. Never let the soil become waterlogged - you should always check the soil before watering again, and only add more water once it has dried out a little.
While the wrinkled appearance of the leaves certainly gives this plant a fun aesthetic, it can make them a little hard to clean! It's important to regularly clean the leaves of some plants in order to help prevent dust buildup, which can interfere with effective photosynthesis. You can do this by using a soft, damp cloth to gently wipe the leaves, but for a humidity-loving plant like the Ripple Peperomia it may be easier to just mist it every now and then instead. This will benefit the plant both by helping to clean away dust as well as by boosting the humidity around it.