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Piper ornatum, Piper crocatum, Celebes pepper

Piper ornatum, Piper crocatum

Celebes pepper
Family: Piperaceae
Origin: Indonesia, Sulawesi(Celebes)
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftVine or creeperSemi-shadeRegular waterOrnamental foliage

This is not an easy plant, but one which is always of great interest to plant collectors. It is one of the most beautiful of patterns rivalled only by some of the Calathea species. This sprawling shrub has wiry stems that spread across the ground and climb into low vegetation. It can grow to about 15 ft (4.5 m) tall. The heart-shaped leaves are nearly as wide as they are long 10 cm. The upper leaf surfaces are a mottled pattern of green, pink and silver while the undersides are flushed purple-red.

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