Ornamental Pepper 'Black Olive'
2012 AAS Flower Award Winner

The AAS Judges said this entry was a standout, especially in the southern gardens where heat was a major presence during the 2011 trials. All season long this beauty kept its upright habit with nicely draping leaves and dark purple/black fruit which appeared in small clusters along the stems. As summer progresses, the fruits mature to red giving a beautiful contrast against the dark purple foliage and bright purple flowers. Retailers and growers can sell this multi-use ornamental as a 20” border plant, a great color splash for containers or as a cut flower in mixed bouquets. Bred by Seeds By Design.

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AAS Winner Primary Details
Award: AAS Flower Award Winner
Award Type: National Winner
Class: Ornamental Pepper
Variety Name: 'Black Olive'
Genus: Capsicum
Species: annuum
Year: 2012
Common Name: Ornamental pepper
Type: Flowers from Seed
Breeder: Seeds by Design
Close Market Comparison: Pretty in Purple' and 'Black Pearl'
Plant Needs
Duration Type: Annual
Light Needs: Full sun
Water Needs: Normal
Dead Heading Recommended: NO
Staking Required: NO
Plant Characteristics
Foliage Color: Purple
Plant Habit: Bushy, Upright
Plant Height: Medium: 10" to 24"
Garden Spacing: 12 to 14 inches
Bloom Time: Summer to Frost
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Color Pattern: Solid
Bloom Size: .4 inches
Fragrance: None
Weather Tolerance: Heat
Home Gardener Use
Container: YES
Medium Height Divider: YES
Tall Background: YES
Cut Flower: YES

How to Grow

Sow seed in greenhouse or indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. Place seed in soilless media, cover, maintain 75°F, uniform moisture. Expect germination in 7-12 days. Grow young plants in high light at 60°- 70°F

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Grower and Retailers: AAS Winner tags and labels are available from these suppliers:

John Henry


United Label and Sato 

Customizable bench cards are available from:

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