Ornamental Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl') in the Peppers Database

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General Type: Ornamental

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 18-24 inches
Plant Spread: 16-18 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Awards and Recognitions: AAS (All-America Selection®): 2006 AAS Flower Winner
Other: Fleuroselect Quality Award


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By dave on August 1, 2015

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Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Jul 9, 2012 4:02 PM

The tiny peppers, only about 3/4" diameter, are primarily meant to be ornamental. They are edible, and very hot, but don't offer much flavor to go along with the heat. I grow them for the striking purple and green foliage, and the pretty little purple and red peppers. The fruits start out darkest purple, and turn a glowing ember red when fully mature.

I have had some success in saving seed from this pepper, though I highly recommend wearing disposable latex/plastic gloves while handling the fruits to collect the seed. They are extremely hot, and if you inadvertently rub your eyes or lips with the pepper oils on your hands, you will regret it! Wash or flush immediately (I've heard that hot water helps dissolve the oils, though the cold feels more soothing!) and then rinse with cold milk, or apply cold milk compresses. The milk protein, casein, helps to counteract the capsaicin in the pepper oils. As an aside, drinking milk or eating yogurt or other dairy can help with indigestion after eating hot peppers, as well.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 23, 2014 8:50 AM

Ornamental Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl') is one of the most dramatically beautiful ornamental peppers available. Its deep purplish-black fruit matures to a red color, and its leaves are a deep purplish black as well. 'Black Pearl' makes a beautiful and striking color contrast when planted with green- and yellow-leaved shrubs and perennials. 'Black Pearl' can be grown from seed.

In Hawaii, Capsicum annuum has served successfully as a larval host plant for the Red Spotted Hairstreak Butterfly.

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