It is a unique black-leaved chilli plant, which when young, is green, and, as it matures, it changes to glossy black (when grown in sunny conditions). The plant is bushy, with strong branches, growing 45 cms (18") high, with a spread of 30 cms (12").
|Black Pearl Chilli plant|
In mid-season it begins to display lilac-hued blossoms. These blossoms form the abundance of black fruit, which turns a dark, deep shade of red.
The "Black Pearl" is a patented variety.
Last season I had a plant which died off, and one of it's seed pods spilt onto the soil of the pot it was growing in. Last week I noticed that I had "free" chilli plants growing...
|Self-seeded Black Pearl Chilli seedlings|
|Seeds pods awaiting harvest -|
note the new growth at the base of the plant
|Harvested Black Pearl Chiili seeds|
Height : 45 - 60 cms (18 - 25 ")
Plant spacing : 40 - 60 cms
Position : Full sun
Pungency : Hot, Hot, Hot ( above 30000 Scoville Units)
Fruit shape : Round
Fruit size : under 4 cms (2 ") in length
Fruit colour : Purple changing to red
(the above information came from: http:/davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/118938/index.html )
The plant makes a definite statement in your garden. The black leaves with the red fruit - absolutely stunning!
And, be warned. Don't be an idiot like me. Just because the fruit is dried and wrinkled, don't think the seeds won't be hot. They are! And the evidence of that lingers on the fingertips and (under the nails) for ages - long after you've forgotten not to rub your eyes...