Black Olive Ornamental Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Black Olive'
Black Olive Ornamental Pepper fruit
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Height: 18 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Ornamental Chili, Chili Pepper
Group/Class: Longum Group
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
Black Olive Ornamental Pepper is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent black berries with deep purple blush from mid summer to early fall, which fade to scarlet over time. 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.
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 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.
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.