Florida Peperomia vs. Oyster Plants
Florida Peperomia
Florida Peperomia Leaf
Florida Peperomia (Peperomia spp.)

Other Names: Peperomia

height height 1 ft., longer if vining
light light Part shade
soil soil Moist soil or grown as an epiphyte on trees
water water Moderate

Use: Groundcover, Vine

Bonus: Increase the population of an endangered species! Peperomias once existed in abundance in South Florida’s forested areas, but now they are on Florida’s list of endangered species. With thick, succulent leaves, they make a beautiful groundcover in shaded areas of your yard.

Instead of
Oyster Plant
Oyster Plant Leaf
Oyster Plant (Tradescantia spathacea)

Other Names: Rhoeo spathacea, Boat Lily

height height 6-12 in., max - 18 in.

Use in landscape: Border, Groundcover

Why not Oyster Plant?

Oyster Plant spreads easily by windblown seeds and by propagation, readily invading hardwood hammocks and preventing native vegetation from germinating on the forest floor. The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council rates Oyster Plant a Category I Exotic Pest that is “known to invade and disrupt native plant communities.” All parts of the Oyster Plant are poisonous and contact with the sap may cause burning, itching and dermatitis.

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