The Baby Rubber Plant is part of the Piperaceae plant family. This family, commonly called the pepper family, contains 3,600 species divided into two main genera: Peperomia and Piper (although there are five genera in the family). Plants in this family are flowering and can be small trees, herbs, or shrubs.
Baby Rubber Plants are found in the rainforests of South America. There are small populations of this plant also found in Southern Florida and Central America, in humid, tropical environments.
The Baby Rubber Plant is a type of succulent, with large, glossy oval leaves that can be variegated, depending on the cultivar. The stems are upright, but if allowed to grow, mature Peperomia plants will start to cascade down.
As they have succulent-like leaves, they are tolerant to drought conditions. When dry, they shrivel up a little bit but will plump right up if they get a drink.
There are different cultivars of Baby Rubber Plants, with the most popular being:
Peperomia obtusifolia 'Alba': When they're still young, this white-variegated Peperomia Obtusifolia has red-tinged stems and white patches on the leaves which fade as the plant matures.
Peperomia obtusifolia 'Minima': Minimas have dense, compact deep green foliage.
Peperomia obtusifolia 'Gold tip': Gold tips have white and cream marbled variegation that turns gold towards the leaf tips.
A young Baby Rubber Plant will be the perfect tabletop plant - right at home on a side table, coffee table, or even your office desk. These plants will also add a lovely pop of green to a bathroom counter.
As long as they get enough light, you will have a happy plant.
Once they get older, their upright stems begin to trail, turning them into cascading plants. At this point, you can relocate your Peperomia to a bookshelf or bar counter where they will be a lovely addition to your decor.