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Watermelon Peperomia

Peperomia argyreia

Also known as

Watermelon Begonia, Peperomia argyreia 'Watermelon', Watermelon Plant, Rugby Football Plant

Peperomia argyreia-yercaud-salem-India by Yercaud-elango (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Partial Shade
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

12b

USDA zone

13°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

30cm

10cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Watermelon Peperomia

A pot of Watermelon Peperomia houseplant
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A green Peperomia argyreia plant in a garden with striped watermelon leaves
A photo of Watermelon Peperomia

Watermelon Peperomia Overview

Peperomia argyreiais an evergreen perennial from the Piperaceae family. It has a bushy habit, producing oval, green leaves that are attractively striped with silver bands between the veins. It is commonly known by the names Watermelon Peperomia and Watermelon Begonia, amongst others. Originating from Brazil, it typically grows to around 20cm in height and is a common houseplant. Flowers are green-white and non-showy, they are produced on red stems above the leaves. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. It is mostly grown for the foliage over the flowers. It has a bushy habit and is frost-tender, keep above freezing temperatures, place in a position of partial shade and well-draining soil for optimal growth. Water when the soil has thoroughly dried out for best results.

Common problems with Watermelon Peperomia

How to propagate Watermelon Peperomia

Seed

Division

Cuttings

Take tip, leaf or stem cuttings in spring or autumn.

Special features of Watermelon Peperomia

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Other uses of Watermelon Peperomia

Grown for their ornamental foliage.