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Leafy
Mar 5, 2017 8:03 AM CST
Hi all,
I bought this plant from a shop in Hong Kong and the shop keeper thought it was a type of violet but doesn't look like any I've ever seen. It has thick succulent leaves with dark veins, the underside of the leaves are red and they grows out in whorls. Recently spikes have been growing out of the plant with no flowers, so I'm guessing it's spring time flower type growth out here in these parts. can anyone help me to identify this? I have a cat that likes to get into my plants and I don't want to poison him. Thanks so much in advance



Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 5, 2017 8:16 AM CST
A Pepperomia of some sort, perhaps.
Porkpal
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 5, 2017 8:37 AM CST
It reminds me of a Peperomia caperata: https://garden.org/plants/sear...

When googling I found one called Peperomia caperata 'Rosso' that looks like a match: https://www.google.com/search?...

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Hong Kong
Leafy
Mar 5, 2017 8:47 AM CST
Thanks so much for your quick replies, I believe both of you are correct, looks like a match, I found its considered nontoxic. Hurray!
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 5, 2017 9:08 AM CST
Leafy, those spikes you see are actually the blooms; they are not very showy but interesting in their own way.

You might want to fill a spray bottle with water and spray your kitty if you see it trying to eat your plants. It used to work with some of our cats but we did have one kitty years ago who thought it was a game; she'd walk over to a plant and sit and wait for me to point the water bottle at her then she'd squint her eyes and wait for the spray! She was the only cat we ever had that seemed to enjoy being sprayed with water! Smiling Luckily we didn't have an issue with her eating plants except for my (non-toxic) African Violet flowers which she loved. Sighing!
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 5, 2017 9:11 AM CST
And look! There are no photos of "Rosso" in the database. You'll get 2 acorns for adding the first photo. Smiling
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 5, 2017 10:01 AM CST
Leafy, a suggestion for keeping your cat out of your plant pots - if you can get plastic picnic flatware, the forks, stuck in around the edge of the pot by the handles (tines facing out) will help to discourage the kitty. If you use black ones, they're not all that conspicuous either. I use them outdoors in my water garden pots to discourage raccoons, too.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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porkpal
Mar 5, 2017 1:32 PM CST
Neat! Who'd a thunk it?
Porkpal
Hong Kong
Leafy
Mar 5, 2017 6:41 PM CST
Thanks for the advice, I will try them! My cat is named Snarf. he thinks it's a game of hide and seek when I catch him. I've never tried spraying as he hates baths and I'm trying to get him used to one. Really cool too that I'm the first with a rossa pic up!! Yay!
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 6, 2017 10:55 AM CST
So get it added to the database! Smiling Do you need help with doing that? That is a really pretty plant.
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