pep·​er·​o·​mia ˌpe-pə-ˈrō-mē-ə How to pronounce peperomia (audio)
: any of a genus (Peperomia) of fleshy tropical herbs of the pepper family often cultivated for their showy variegated leaves

Examples of peperomia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Lavia-Garcias’ boutique plant shop offers an assortment of succulents and other plants such as fiddle leaf, pathos, peperomia and calico kitten crassula sourced from local nurseries. Anna Braz, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 Other favorites The peperomia plant family, also called radiator plants, includes a wide range of leaf shapes, colors and care needs. Sofia Andrade, Washington Post, 20 July 2023 Some of our favorite varieties include ripple peperomia, watermelon peperomia, baby rubber plant, and silverleaf peperomia. Savanna Bous, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Jan. 2023 Erin Marino, editorial lead at plant and gardening website The Sill, recommends the ripple peperomia and watermelon peperomia for beginners. Frederick Tippett, Sunset Magazine, 9 Dec. 2021 And 2022’s Houseplant of the Year is peperomia. Frederick Tippett, Sunset Magazine, 9 Dec. 2021 Another humidity-loving plant, the watermelon peperomia. Brittney Morgan and Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 29 Apr. 2022 Their selection typically involves plants such as palms, birds of paradise, fiddle-leaf figs, cacti, philodendron and peperomia. Matt Wake |, al, 17 Nov. 2020 It’s official: 2022 has been declared the year of the peperomia. Frederick Tippett, Sunset Magazine, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History


New Latin, from Greek peperi pepper + homoios like, similar — more at homeo-

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peperomia was in 1882

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“Peperomia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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