Capsicum annuum 'Calico'

Ornamental Pepper

Tips for Homeowners:

Best to regularly water and fertilize.

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This ornamental pepper creates visual appeal with its variegated showy, multi-colored leaves. The peppers are primarily for decoration; they are edible, but incredibly hot so beware.

  • Variegated foliage in green, cream and purple
  • Very heat tolerant
  • Glossy black peppers

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: 10-20 in
Spread: 12-16 in
Zone: 9-11
Color: Black

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


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

Foliage Color:

  • Variegated
  • Purple
  • White
  • Green


  • Full Sun

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer
  • Fall

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water