Pepper (Piperaceae)

Piperaceae, also known as the pepper family. A large family of flowering plants including approximately 3500 accepted species across 5 genera. The largest of the genera include the ever popular among house plant lovers; Piper and Peperomia. Members of the Piperaceae come in many shapes and sizes, from clumping ground covers and fleshy herbs to long trailing vines, woody climbers and small trees. 

They generally make great indoor plants as they typically don't grow in areas exposed to full sun so they tolerate lower light levels and their fleshy leaves hold water making many of them low maintenance. Plants in this family are non-toxic to all pets and many species are used for cooking and seasoning (betel leaves, black pepper) as well as medicinal purposes.