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
Foliage Color
Black
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Indoor Plant,
Suitable as Annual
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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