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Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper

5 reviews

The first of its kind for ornamental peppers and an All American Selection winner in 2006. Compact plants have semi-glossy, dark purple to true black leaves with pearl-like, bubbly clusters of 1/2" fruits that start out shiny black, eventually maturing to red. A vibrant, unique accent to a bedding or container garden. Peppers are edible but very hot. Grows 16-20 inches. 

5 seeds  

Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper



Germination: 7-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 75-85ºF. Cooler soil temperatures slow germination time.

Seed Sowing Depth: ¼” deep

Starting Indoors:  8-10 weeks before the last frost. Sow in flats/cells/pots. Provide 75-85ºF soil temperatures. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer (diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement). Transplant seedlings 18-24” apart after the last frost.

Sowing Outdoors: Not recommended, especially in northern areas

Harvest: Use a sharp instrument to cut the peppers from the plant. Pick the first fruits when they reach usable size, this helps accelerate the growth of the other peppers on the plant. Leave some peppers on the plant to mature so they can change color and sweeten up.


Tips: Pinch-off early flowers or tiny fruit on any seedlings before placing them in the ground. Plant in fertile soil, amend with compost if needed. It helps to use row cover early in the season, giving the plants extra warmth, especially in the north. Side dress when flowers begin to form.


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Bobby D.
United States
I recommend this product
Black Pearl Pepper Seeds

I germinated several seeds at different times. My tallest one is about 10 inches tall and has a flower as of today. They are beautiful plants with predominately black stem and the leaves have a touch of green. I'm looking forward to the peppers.

Mary T.
United States
I recommend this product

All the seeds came and have happily germed under my grow lights! Never disappointed with Pinetree.

Theresa R.
United States
Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper

Seeds were Perfect! Sprouted quickly and growing into a beautiful plant.

Sue W.
United States
Black Pearl Ornamental Pepper

Seeds arrived within a week of ordering. 100% germination! Pinetree Garden will be my "go to" source for online seeds from now on since their product and customer service outshines bigger companies that hold up your entire order for backordered items. Pinetree Garden had everything in my order in stock and shipped it immediately.

Last P.
Black pearl pepper is a tasty and needed addition to fiery hot salsa, tinctures, salves, as well as chili. It is a beautiful plant, that will sit anywhere and behave itself.

It came to me as a gift from my wife. And wound up in my bbq sauce recipes, as well as tinctures and salves. Capsicum annuum, her family is Solanaceae, her flavor ranges from double super hot, to as sweet as a bell. The whole plant is edible, and honeybees can be seen tasting the blooms just after morning dew arrives.