General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 12 +10 °C (50 °F) to +15.6 °C (60 °F)
Plant Height: 10 to 15 feet but may reach heights to 30 feet in its native habitat
Plant Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Other: 1/4 inch single seeded drupes, ripen to red and turns black after drying
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Yellowish-green
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Culinary Herb
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Culinary Herb/Spice
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Black Pepper
  • Common Pepper
  • White Pepper

Photo Gallery
Location: National Botanical Garden, DC, Virginia :) | May, 2022
Date: 2022-05-28
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04

credit: K Hari Krishnan
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: February
Emerging Black Pepper vine

Photo courtesy of: H. Zell
Location: Coorg, Karnataka, India
Date: 2013-03-01
Photo courtesy of: Dcrjsr

credit: A.D.Balasubramaniyan
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-03-22

Photo courtesy of: Raffi Kojian

Date: 2009-06-04
Photo courtesy of: H. Zell

Date: 2010-07-12
Photo courtesy of: H. Zell

Photo courtesy of: Jolle

Date: 2014-12-23
Photo courtesy of: Rainer Zenz

Peppercorns and seeds
Plant Events from our members
CommonCents On November 2, 2015 Transplanted
Put one of my two plants from Eldon Tropicals into a 12" (5 gallon) planter pot in a hanging planter. Looks great!!!
CommonCents On October 31, 2015 Obtained plant
Obtained two plants from Eldon Tropicals in Ocala FL. Awesome deal for awesome plants.
CommonCents On October 13, 2015 Seeds sown
Seeds obtained from eBay. Looked like ordinary black peppercorns. I wonder if they are viable. Planted in seed starters, kept in "window box" container under grow/seed starting lights with plastic wrap over top to maintain high humidity and on heating pad to keep things warm. Kept in "tropical room" with heat currently at 78f
antsinmypants On April 11, 2024 Miscellaneous Event
Placed in moist paper towel.
antsinmypants On April 7, 2023 Seeds sown
3 sown after a 24-hour soak.
MySecretIslandGarden On March 12, 2023 Obtained plant
2nd plant
MySecretIslandGarden On January 24, 2023 Maintenance performed
MySecretIslandGarden On November 4, 2022 Transplanted
To clay pot with rattan hoops trellis
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