Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: February 25, 2005
Publication Date: July 1, 2005
Citation: Stommel, J.R., Griesbach, R.J. 2005. 'Black Pearl': A new ornamental Capsicum [abstract]. Hortscience 40:1003.
Considerable diversity exists in Capsicum L. germplasm for fruit and leaf shape, size and color, as well as plant habit. This morphological diversity, together with diverse ripe fruit color and varying hues of green to purple and variegated foliar pigmentation, affords myriad opportunities to develop unique cultivars for ornamental applications. The Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture announces the release of a new pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) cultivar named 'Black Pearl'. 'Black Pearl' is intended for ornamental applications and affords growers a new crop to add to their bedding and landscape plant assortment. 'Black Pearl' combines black foliage with erect clusters of small round red-pigmented fruit. The vibrant fruit and foliage colors of this new cultivar add interest to the summer and fall garden. 'Black Pearl' has been trialed extensively for use as a bedding plant where its compact growth habit, black foliage, and brightly colored fruit provide an attractive ornamental display. Limited evaluations suggest that this cultivar is equally well suited for pot culture under high light conditions. 'Black Pearl' was designated a 2006 All America Selection award winner after completion of national trials in 2004. 'Black Pearl' is a release made available from a cooperative research and development agreement with Pan American Seed Company. Seed of 'Black Pearl' is available from Pan American Seed Company, 622 Town Road, West Chicago, Illinois 60185. Plant Variety Protection for 'Black Pearl' is pending.