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Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper

Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl'

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Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper fruit

Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper fruit

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Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl') at The Growing Place

Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper

Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  18 inches

Spread:  20 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Ornamental Chili, Chili Pepper


A beautiful ornamental pepper; foliage emerges green and turns black in full sun; fruits are rounded peppers that are very showy glossy black and turn red as they mature; Nice bushy habit;

Ornamental Features

Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent black berries from mid summer to early fall. It features subtle lilac purple star-shaped flowers dangling from the stems from late spring to mid summer. Its pointy leaves emerge green in spring, turning black in color with distinctive deep purple veins throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper is an herbaceous tropical plant with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Herb Gardens
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

This plant is native to the tropics and prefers growing in moist environments with evenly warm conditions all year round. In our climate, it is usually grown as an outdoor annual in the garden or in a container. If you want it to survive the winter, it can be brought in to the house and provided with special care, and then returned to the garden the following season. In its preferred tropical habitat, it can grow to be around 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 inches. However, when grown as an annual or when overwintered indoors, it can be expected to perform differently, and its exact height and spread will depend on many factors; you may wish to consult with our experts as to how it might perform in your specific application and growing conditions.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.


Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden  Herb  Container  Basket 
Flowers  Fruit 
Ornamental Features