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PlantFiles: Ornamental Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Black Cuban'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Cuban

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Hot (5,000 to 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Small (under 2" in length)

Fruit Color:
Purple changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Days to Maturity:
Late (more than 80 days)

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1 positive
1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DanCarmona On Nov 28, 2012, DanCarmona from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

Black Cuban
Capsicum: Annuum
Origin: Cuba
Scoville units: 40,000-58,000
Blossom end shape: pointed
Fruit position and shape: erect, conic
Fruit size and color: 1 > 2" green > red
Calyx shape: saucer shaped, toothless
Flower: erect, stellate
Petals/Spots: white with purple
Filament color: white
Anther color: blue
Habit: sturdy, tree-like bush
Stem: smooth
Leaves: medium, glabrous
Maturity: 90 days
Plant height: 18-24"
Germ. Time: 1 wk > 2 mo.
This highly ornamental Chiltepin plant has a tall upright growth habit with predominantly dark purple leaves, branches, trunk and brilliant purple flowers. The pods grow erect on long stalks starting off glossy black before maturing to bright red.. Like other tepin types, the pods are highly pungent. Very similar - if not the same as Black Cluster.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 25, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1 1/4 X 3/8 inch candle flame shaped pepper. Plants have purple leaves and violet flowers making it very ornamental. Fruits are hot but quite edible.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Western Springs, Illinois

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