Peperomia dolabriformis is a shrubby succulent Peperomia plant with purse-shaped foliage and woody stems. Common names include Prayer Pepper and Prayer Peperomia. The prayer peperomia plant is part of the Piperaceae family, known as the pepper family.
Peperomia dolabriformis has thick, green succulent foliage. The shape of the foliage resembles pea pods or small purses. They are lime green and appear folded in half. The top of each leaf has a dark green translucent stripe along the fold, helping the foliage absorb more light. The leaves measure about 3″ inches long and half an inch thick. The leaves may form a rosette or a loose branch.
Cultivated Prayer Pepper rarely flowers. In the wild, it may produce green inflorescences measuring up to 16″ inches long. Small, green-white flowers appear along a stalk and don’t produce a noticeable fragrance.
Planting & Caring –
Prayer Pepper requires bright light and warm temperatures. It can grow outdoors in tropical climates and USDA hardiness zone 12 or higher. Throughout most of North America, it should overwinter indoors. Bring indoors at the first risk of freezing temperatures. Houseplants should receive light throughout the day. Place near a window receiving bright light.
If the window receives direct afternoon sunlight, position the plant at least 2′ feet from the window. Peperomia dolabriformis doesn’t require frequent watering or feeding. Overwatering is a common cause of wilting. Keep the soil moist throughout the summer while avoiding overwatering.