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Ornamental pepper

Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl'

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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 CharacteristicsLeaves start out green and turn black in the sun.

CarePlant out when soil temperatures are over 60°F.

PropagationSow seed at 70°F in late winter.

ProblemsUsually problem-free.

  • Genus : Capsicum
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 9
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Foliage Color : Black
  • Uses : Containers
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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