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)
3 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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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.
How to propagate Watermelon Peperomia
Take tip, leaf or stem cuttings in spring or autumn.
Special features of Watermelon Peperomia
Other uses of Watermelon Peperomia
Grown for their ornamental foliage.