Piper crocatum - Celebes Pepper

What To Expect

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Piper crocatum, also known as "Ornate Pepper Vine" or "ornamental pepper," is a species of tropical plant native to the Philippines, Borneo, and Sumatra. It belongs to the Piperaceae family, which includes black pepper and betel nut.

The Piper crocatum has heart-shaped leaves that are bright green in color and splattered with interesting veining of bright pinkish-white that can grow up to 5" long. The underside of the leaf of the Piper corcatum is often dark maroon, giving it a fabulous multi-colored appearance. It also produces small, curious yellow flowers that grow in clusters. When happy, it can grow to become up to 3' long (or more!) 


Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Piper corcatum 
  • Common Name: Ornamental Trailing Pepper, Pepper Vine, Celebes Pepper, Ornate Pepper Vine, Red Betel
  • Family: Piperaceae
  • Native Range: Phillipines

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Moderate
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Water: Water thoroughly, however, allow the soil to dry out a little before saturating the soil
  • Humidity: 60-90%
  • Temperature: 65-80F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth.
  • Feeding: 1/2 strength fertilizer weekly during spring and summer
  • Growth: Vining
  • Propagation: Stem Cuttings
  • Pests: Look out for spider mites if conditions are dry 
  • Toxicity: Non-Toxic but can irritate mucus membranes