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Calico Ornamental Pepper

Capsicum annuum 'Calico'

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Calico Ornamental Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Calico') at Bachman's Landscaping

Capsicum annuum 'Calico' fruit

Capsicum annuum 'Calico' fruit

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Height: 12 inches

Spread: 16 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone: (annual)

Other Names: Ornamental Chili, Chili Pepper

Brand: Ball


An attractive ornamental pepper with both colorful fruit and dazzling foliage; leaves are speckled with shades of green, creamy white and purple, fruits are glossy black oblong peppers that mature to red; a wonderful garden accent plant for hot locations

Ornamental Features:

Calico Ornamental Pepper's attractive pointy leaves remain dark green in color with showy creamy white variegation and tinges of purple throughout the season. It features subtle white flowers with purple overtones dangling from the stems from late spring to mid summer. The fruits are showy black pods carried in abundance from mid summer to early fall.The purple stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes:

Calico Ornamental Pepper is an herbaceous annual bedding plant with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This annual bedding plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Calico Ornamental Pepper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting
  • Container Planting
  • Border Edging
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Herb Gardens

Plant Characteristics:

Calico Ornamental Pepper will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 inches. This annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.

This annual bedding plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This plant can be propagated by cuttings.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing Edging Garden Herb Container Basket
Flowers Fruit Foliage Color Bark
Ornamental Features