Peperomia pellucida is an annual, shallow-rooted succulent herb, usually growing to a height of about 6-15 inches. It is an attractive houseplant that is both compact and easy to grow. Its glossy, heart-shaped, succulent leaves and low profile are the basis for its common name. Flowering year-round, the plant is found in various shaded, damp habitats all over Asia and the Americas. It grows in clumps, thriving in loose, humid soils and a tropical to subtropical climate.
Peperomia pellucida has a long history of medicinal use in S. America, and this use has spread with the plant to other countries in the tropics.
Peperomia pellucida has been used as a food item as well as a medicinal herb. Succulent leaves and stems may be eaten as vegetable. In salads, the fresh plant has the crispness of carrot sticks and celery. Used as a potherb, or cooked as greens. The leaves are also brewed into a tea.
It belongs to the 'preferred list' of medicinal plants, being studied for its use in the treatment of arthritis and gout.