Ornamental pepper

Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Ornamental pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl')
KAP-si-kum AN-yew-um
Genus:  Capsicum
This pepper boasts the most dramatically deep purple-black leaves and fruit imaginable. The vigorous, bushy plants grow to 18 inches tall and almost as wide. Flowers are lilac, and dark black peppers emerge in fall.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Leaves start out green and turn black in the sun.
Care:  Plant out when soil temperatures are over 60°F.
Propagation:  Sow seed at 70°F in late winter.
Problems:  Usually problem-free.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower
Foliage Color
Black
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Indoor Plant,
Suitable as Annual
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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