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Old 12-26-2011, 11:23 PM
 
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I've been trying to figure out the same thing. Is it something called a peppermint plant? Mine almost died years ago after I moved and put it near the radiator in my apartment. I grew roots from cuttings and now have three plants from the original. (The original plant was bought at least 15 years ago.)

These plants thrive in good warm sunlight (my northwestern window) with sufficient but not excessive water and a bit of fertilizer. They do particularly well in the spring and autumn when the heat and light are a bit less intense.

All year-round they produce beautiful shiny deep green leaves.
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
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I think this is a lipstick plant although I'm not sure. It has no flowers. The leaves seem to have the shape and texture but none have a purple shade on the underside and some look too wide. I got it at Lowe's indoor plant section and they didn't know what it is. What do you think?
I have one that is just a baby and it bloomed one flower this fall. I keep mine outside on the front porch with a south and east exposure. It is a lipstick plant. Mine gets very good sunlight.

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Old 01-08-2012, 02:33 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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I've been trying to figure out the same thing. Is it something called a peppermint plant? Mine almost died years ago after I moved and put it near the radiator in my apartment. I grew roots from cuttings and now have three plants from the original. (The original plant was bought at least 15 years ago.)

These plants thrive in good warm sunlight (my northwestern window) with sufficient but not excessive water and a bit of fertilizer. They do particularly well in the spring and autumn when the heat and light are a bit less intense.

All year-round they produce beautiful shiny deep green leaves.
I agree with your experience except it isn't a peppermint plant. The flowers (in Pittsburgh) show year-around.
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:44 PM
 
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Thanks for the info. and link. My plant is identical to the photos, but has never flowered- something to further investigate. I have them in smaller pots as suggested in the article which promotes flowering.
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:34 PM
 
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I could be a variety of Peperomia (spelling...it's late). 20 years ago a smaller leaved, variagated version of this was widely available.
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:42 AM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Looks like a Hoya to me...
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:07 AM
 
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Hoyas have leaves that are not as pointed, and the new growth is more vine-like. The leaves of a Hoya are thicker, too. Now that I see the second pic, I feel that it is indeed a Peperomia species. These are still very popular for hanging baskets.
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Old 02-06-2012, 03:26 AM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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I don't recall a Peperomia that looks like that. Hoyas are vine like. There are many varieties of hoya ... I had a thick leaf variety for many years with the pretty ball blooms in pink. I also had another variety which looked just like the plant in question. Perhaps a bloom will come along before long and help identify it.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Yellow cottage, green doors.
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I see that the leaves on the plant are lateral and not alternate, which is characteristic of Hoya but not of Peperomia.....
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:18 AM
 
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Yes, it's a lipstick plant! I used to have one of those, and it did shed it's leaves after I first got it. But they grew back, and in time produced little "lipstick" flowers. There are several different varieties of lipstick plants, some have more narrow leaves, some wider, some variegated etc. Now I have an urge to get another one, although I think our house is too cold in the winter. They like warm temps.

Here are pics of lipstick plants:
http://www.google.com/search?q=lipst...NeXY0QHvx8SQCw
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