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Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl' (Ornamental pepper)

Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl' Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl' KAP-si-kum AN-yew-um Common Name: Ornamental pepper 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.
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
Foliage Color Black
Flower Color Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Indoor Plant, Suitable as Annual
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Annuals

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