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Black Olive Ornamental Pepper

Capsicum annuum 'Black Olive'

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Black Olive Ornamental Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Black Olive') at Rutgers Landscape & Nursery

Black Olive Ornamental Pepper fruit

Black Olive Ornamental Pepper fruit

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Height:  18 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Ornamental Chili, Chili Pepper

Group/Class:  Longum Group

Description:

An attractive ornamental pepper with both colorful fruit and interesting foliage; leaves are green with flushes of dark purple; fruits emerge glossy purple-black and mature to orange-red; a wonderful garden accent plant for hot locations

Ornamental Features

Black Olive Ornamental Pepper is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The fruits are showy black peppers with a deep purple blush and which fade to scarlet over time, which are carried in abundance from mid summer to early fall. Its attractive pointy leaves remain green in color with showy deep purple variegation throughout the season. It features subtle purple star-shaped flowers dangling from the stems from late spring to mid summer. The purple stems can be quite attractive.

This plant is primarily grown as an ornamental, but it's also valued for its edible qualities. The spicy peppers are most often used in the following ways:

  • Cooking
  • Drying
  • Seasoning
  • Sauces

Landscape Attributes

Black Olive Ornamental Pepper is an herbaceous annual 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 Olive Ornamental Pepper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Black Olive Ornamental Pepper will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. This vegetable plant is an annual, which means that it will grow for one season in your garden and then die after producing a crop.

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 Olive 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 and foliage 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
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Herb  Container  Basket 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Bark 
Ornamental Features


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