Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl'

Ornamental Pepper

Tips for Homeowners:

Best to regularly water and fertilize.

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This vigorous ornamental pepper has dark, almost black foliage that will hold its color if in full sun, and the colorful peppers are a big bonus. The peppers are primarily for decoration; they are edible, but incredibly hot so beware.

  • Glossy, black foliage
  • Round peppers are black maturing to red
  • Vigorous grower

The neat habit and constant color is a perfect combination for displaying in containers, gardens or as a cut flower. Best to avoid planting where small children could sample the hot fruit.

Height: 18-30 in
Spread: 8-16 in
Zone: 9-11
Color: Black, Red

Interesting Notes about Ornamental Pepper:

With ornamental peppers it is easy to choose how to use them because they fit in just about any location. The habit is usually very neat and upright so no extra support needed. They flower as well as produce colorful fruit all season long. Additionally, they love the heat and are drought tolerant.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Great Foliage
  • Attractive fruit
  • Container
  • Long Blooming
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Focal Point
  • Cut Flower/ Foliage
  • Blooms all Season
  • Edging
  • Border or Bed
  • Summer Bloomer
  • Low Maintenance
  • Rock Garden

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • Almost Black
  • Black


  • Full Sun

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer
  • Fall

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer
  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water