Capsicum annuum | ‘Bellingrath Gardens’ Chili Pepper
Chili Peppers are flowering plants in the nightshade family (Solanaceae) with edible fruits that are commonly made into relishes, or pickled, or ground into a fine powder for use as a spice. Some peppers varieties are not edible and are grown as ornamentals.
Peppers are grown as tender summer annuals in most areas outside their native habitat. Seeds are best propagated indoors or in a greenhouse. It is recommended to transplant outdoors when soil temperatures reach 60 F or warmer. Plants become woody as the growing season progresses. Flowers are typically small with five white petals and pepper fruits come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Mature around 75 days from transplant.
‘Bellingrath Gardens’ is a rare ornamental pepper variety named after the famous garden in Mobile, Alabama, USA. Plants have green leaves with black-purple tint, purple to black stems, and white flowers with purple tips. The fruit grow upright and are 3/4″ x 1/4″. They turn from purple-green, to dark purple, to orange, to red with purple-orange undertones, to a rare glowing ember red when mature. ‘Bellingrath Gardens’ pepper plants are vigorous, productive and have a remarkable flavor. Excellent for making vinegar and pickles.
Peppers act as annuals in northern zones, but are truly a perennial plant in tropical, frost-free zones.
Sun exposure: Full sun
Mature height: 18-24 inches
Mature width: 18-24 inches
Hardiness zones: 10-11