Peperomia asperula

One of the rarer plants and one of only a few succulents in the genus, Peperomia asperula is from Peru.

This is a stem forming succulent the leaves  fleshy, with a interesting shape, sort of like shell, or folded if you like. The top of the leaves are glossy , the lower part a dull to matt finish.

Peperomia asperula
Peperomia asperula

Peperomia asperula will flower, yellow spikes with lots small flowers on each  stem. It is a plant that can flower 2 – 3 times a year in good growing conditions. This is a plant that usually has a summer dormancy

The foliage can change colour when under stress, tinges of pink to red, it also looks to form sort of rosettes around the stem and seems to have a natural drooping habit.

Slow growing, and adding a textural element to the succulent collection, you can grow this one in a container, or in warmer climate zones try the rock garden or crevice garden.

How to grow Peperomia asperula

A well drained soil and position in light shade is ideal.

  • Plant in a free draining succulent potting mix.
  • Water as the soil dries.
  • Do not allow the pot to sit in saucers of water.
  • Keep in a warm position.
  • Water less during cold periods.
  • Propagate from leaf cuttings.
  • Fertilise with a 50% liquid fertiliser in spring and early autumn/fall.
Can you grow Peperomia asperula outdoors ?

Yes, however only in warmer climate zones so USDA Zones 8a to 10. So mainly it is grown as an indoor or house plant.

Is it frost tolerant ?

No Peperomia asperula is not frost tolerant.

Peperomia asperula Detailed Care

  • Light – Best in a bright filtered light, hot direct sun can easily burn the foliage. Low light is not suitable, hot afternoon sun is not suitable.
  • Soil – A free draining cactus and succulent potting mix is suitable.
  • Watering – The main key to watering is to allow the soil to dry in between waterings. Less water during cold winter periods and in summer if the plant goes into dormancy.
  • Humidity – Indoors normal humidity should be suitable as long as you keep the plant away from heating and air conditioning ducts that can be very drying. Mist spraying should not be required.
  • Repotting – Usually every 3 years as the plant begins to outgrow the pot. The best time to repot is in spring.