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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
BOTANICAL NAME: Capsicum annuum 'Purple Flash'
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 35 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 50 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun
FLOWER COLOUR: I
FLOWERING TIME: N/A
FOLIAGE COLOUR: black with purple variegation
COLD HARDINESS: Annual
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Edible
Purple Flash Ornamental Pepper is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The fruits are showy deep purple peppers with black overtones, which are carried in abundance 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 colour with showy purple variegation and tinges of purple throughout the season.
This plant is primarily grown as an ornamental, but it's also valued for its edible qualities. The oblong spicy peppers are most often used in the following ways:
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;
Planting & Growing
Purple Flash Ornamental Pepper will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 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.
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.
*We must be contacted within 7 days of delivery and plants must be taken care of, unplanted and watered until we can pick them up.
**Cedars & Perennials only come with an in-season warranty only. Warranty does not apply to frost damage, hail damage, wind damage or any other acts of mother nature. Plants must be properly planted, properly watered and cared for. Warranty only applies to items purchased at full price or to a maximum discount of 10% unless otherwise specified.