Capsicum annuum 'Purple Flash'

Ornamental Pepper

Tips for Homeowners:

Best to regularly water and fertilize.

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The foliage has interesting and colorful variegation and the peppers start as purple, change to black, then red as they ripen. The peppers are primarily for decoration; they are edible, but incredibly hot so beware.

  • Purple, green and white variegated foliage
  • Glossy black peppers that change to red
  • Vigorous and easy to grow

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: 12-24 in
Spread: 15-20 in
Spacing: 18 in
Zone: 9-11
Color: Black, Purple, White

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


  • Cut Flower/ Foliage
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Great Foliage
  • Border or Bed
  • Summer Bloomer
  • Focal Point
  • Attractive fruit
  • Container
  • Low Maintenance

Foliage Color:

  • Purple
  • Green
  • Variegated


  • Full Sun

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer
  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water