Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper

Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl'

Introduced by the U.S. National Arboretum and winner of the All American Selection® in 2006. Prized for its lustrous black foliage and clusters of small, round, bright red fruit, Black Pearl makes a dramatic addition to any border or container planting. Plant with variegated varieties for a stunning visual display. Although technically edible, the fruit is extremely hot!
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical PronunciationKAP-sih-kum AN-yoo-um
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 18 in. tall, 12 in. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorBlack
Garden StyleContemporary
Growth HabitColumnar, Compact
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Specimen
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

Performs best in moist, organically rich, fertile, well-drained soils. Best black foliage color occurs in full sun. Good tolerance for high heat and humidity. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Hardy to 32 degrees. Treat as an annual elsewhere.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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