Emerald ripple

Week 47 – Emerald ripple

Here’s another seriously weird and wonderful plant I happened upon recently whilst out and about in Devon. Chris Kollen is the owner of Dutch Quality Flowers in Totnes and is a veritable font of knowledge when it comes to indoor plants (which is handy, as I’m no expert). His tiny but perfectly formed establishment is packed to the rafters with delights. Once again, I realise I’m simply a big child in a flowery sweet shop.

Peperomia caperata, commonly known as emerald ripple or peperomia, is a dense mound-forming tropical perennial that typically grows to around 20cm tall and as wide. It is an epiphytic plant that is native to Brazil.

An epiphyte is an organism that grows on the surface of a plant and derives its moisture and nutrients from the air, rain, water or from debris accumulating around it.

Peperomia caperata creates rosettes of long stemmed, wrinkled, deeply corrugated, heart-shaped, dark green leaves. Tiny, odd looking, whitish-green flowers bloom in summer and early autumn atop thin reddish flower stalks which rise well above the foliage. The strange looking flowers are produced in abundance and add considerable interest to the ornamental appearance of the plant. I love this plant and plan to include it in the scheme for my next indoor vertical garden.