There are quite a few relatives of the common bell and chile peppers that are grown for ornament rather than nutrition or spice - the ornamental value can be lent by colorful, interestingly shaped, or bountiful fruit (usually smaller than the fruits of the food varieties), or by foliage. The best kinds have both, and so it is with the one we've tried most recently: 'Black Pearl'. Throughout its life, this handsome plant sports deep maroon foliage (greener when new, darker as it gets older). By summer rich purple flowers arrive, followed by fruit that's dark green to start, but soon matures to jet black. It stays that way for a long time, finally maturing to red by autumn. The fruit, while edible, isn't worth consuming: they are little seed-filled balls with just a thin layer of flesh. They're quite high on the heat index, too!
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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- Seed for 'Black Pearl' from '06 trade. Baggy 75F (100%G, 7-11d)
- Seed for 'Black Pearl' from '07 garden. Baggy 75F (93%G, 9-19d)
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March 23, 2008