Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Annuals
by Susan Littlefield
It may sound like an addition to the appetizer tray, but this 2012 All-America Selections winner is a pepper, and an outstanding ornamental one at that. Although its fiery hot fruits are edible, 'Black Olive' pepper is attractive enough to have garnered its award in the Flower category.
The 18-20 inch tall, upright plants are covered with nicely draping leaves of an attractive purple color accented with bright purple flowers. As the season progresses, purple-black fruits appear in small clusters along the stems. Maturing to red, they provide an eye-catching contrast to the dark foliage.
This is a great plant for use as an accent in the flower border or an edible landscape design. It also works well in containers and as a cut flower to add spice to mixed bouquets. AAS judges noted that its heat resistance makes it a great choice for southern gardens.
Bred by Seeds by Design, 'Black Olive' begins flowering 14 weeks from seed sowing and shows resistance to TMV. Like all peppers, it does best in full sun and well drained soil.
For more information on 'Black Olive' ornamental pepper and other 2012 AAS winners, go to: AAS.