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Purple Flash Ornamental Pepper

Capsicum annuum 'Purple Flash'

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Purple Flash Ornamental Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Purple Flash') at Chalet Nursery

Purple Flash Ornamental Pepper foliage

Purple Flash Ornamental Pepper foliage

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Height:  14 inches

Spread:  20 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Ornamental Chili, Chili Pepper

Description:

A beautiful ornamental pepper grown for its showy foliage and fruits; new foliage is white, maturing to near black, with purple variegation; fruits are rounded peppers that are black; a very showy plant for hot locations

Ornamental Features

Purple Flash Ornamental Pepper is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent deep purple berries with black overtones from mid summer to early fall. It features subtle purple star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer. Its pointy leaves emerge white in spring, turning black in color with showy purple variegation and tinges of purple throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Purple Flash 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.

Purple Flash Ornamental Pepper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Purple Flash Ornamental Pepper will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 inches. This annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.

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.

Purple Flash 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
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container  Basket 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit 
Ornamental Features