Is this a tomato or pepper plant?

Lecanto, FL

I got seeds and started plants which should be peppers but it looks more like a tomato. If it's tomato it's doing great in the hot Florida weather..Thanks

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Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

It looks like a type of bell pepper.

They can have a number of variations in form. This image from Rutgers looks similar to yours.

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 9a)

It does look like a type of bell…What kind of pepper are the seeds? A package you bought? Another pic of more of the plant and leaves may be helpful.

Burien, WA(Zone 7b)

A quick sniff of the leaves should be able to tell you if it's tomato.

Lecanto, FL

I got some hot pepper plants from 2 places, one said he only has hot pepper plants. attach is pic of leaves. To me it doesn't look like a tomato type plant. But the fruit looks like a tomato . The leaves do not smell like a tomato plant and in the hot Florida weather the bell peppers and tomato plants do not do to good in the hot summer sun. This plant is loving the hot sun as long as I water it 2 times a day and give it bone meal and tomato food. Thanks
P.S. The seeds I had order was Bhut Jolokia which I know this is not that and Trinidad Scorpion hot pepper but it does not look like any of the plants in the pics of a Trinidad Scorpion hot pepper plant.

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Paradise, CA(Zone 9a)

Peppers and Tomatoes are members of the Solanaceae family, and there are a number of wild Solanaceae which bear similarities to both peppers and tomatoes, some of which are poisonous. I strongly advise against sampling the fruit unless you can obtain a 100% positive ID of something edible.

Your fruit seem to resemble oddly shaped peppers, but the leaves do not look right for pepper leaves to me, they are similar to some Solanum, though this plant could be from another genera. According to the USDA Plant database, these are the Solanaceae family members known to be found in Citrus County, Florida:

Browallia americana

Brugmansia suaveolens

Calibrachoa parviflora

Capsicum annuum
Capsicum annuum var. annuum
Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum

Cestrum diurnum
Cestrum nocturnum

Datura stramonium
Datura wrightii

Hyoscyamus albus

Lycium barbarum
Lycium carolinianum
Lycium carolinianum var. carolinianum

Nicandra physalodes

Nicotiana glauca
Nicotiana longiflora
Nicotiana plumbaginifolia
Nicotiana tabacum

Petunia ×atkinsiana
Petunia axillaris
Petunia integrifolia

Physalis angulata
Physalis angustifolia
Physalis arenicola
Physalis carpenteri
Physalis cordata
Physalis grisea
Physalis heterophylla
Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla
Physalis longifolia
Physalis longifolia var. subglabrata
Physalis pubescens
Physalis pubescens var. integrifolia
Physalis pubescens var. pubescens
Physalis turbinata
Physalis walteri

Salpichroa origanifolia

Solanum americanum
Solanum bahamense
Solanum bahamense var. bahamense
Solanum bahamense var. luxurians
Solanum bahamense var. rugelii
Solanum capsicoides
Solanum carolinense
Solanum carolinense var. carolinense
Solanum carolinense var. floridanum
Solanum citrullifolium
Solanum citrullifolium var. citrullifolium
Solanum dimidiatum
Solanum diphyllum
Solanum donianum
Solanum dulcamara
Solanum dulcamara var. dulcamara
Solanum elaeagnifolium
Solanum erianthum
Solanum glaucophyllum
Solanum jamaicense
Solanum lanceifolium
Solanum lycopersicum
Solanum lycopersicum var. lycopersicum
Solanum mauritianum
Solanum melongena
Solanum nigrescens
Solanum nigrum
Solanum pseudocapsicum
Solanum pseudogracile
Solanum ptycanthum
Solanum racemosum
Solanum seaforthianum
Solanum sisymbriifolium
Solanum tampicense
Solanum torvum
Solanum tuberosum
Solanum viarum
Solanum villosum

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

JELyons....look at the second picture in this shows some young green Bhut Jolokia Ghost peppers on a plant. They bear a striking resemblance to the pic you posted...look lower right corner of the pic.

Lecanto, FL

ogon, the seeds did not come from Citrus County, Florida .. The fruit is now turning red..

Paradise, CA(Zone 9a)

I was thinking it might be a native plant that popped up in the general area where you had planted the seeds. It could certainly have been a mixup at the seed supplier end as well.

Johnson City, TN

I'm thinking it's a pumpkin on a stick plant, an ornamental eggplant relative. As far as I know it's inedible and grown for looks.

Broward County, FL(Zone 10b)

Doesn't look like tomato leaves at all....

Greensburg, PA

I was going to add that it is probably an ornamental eggplant, but now I guess I am in agreement with Dave the Man!

Lecanto, FL

I started all the sends inside in Hydroponic. They out grew my set up. So I am taking that's it a ornamental eggplant. It has started to turn red now and very nice looking. Will take pics and post after it turns red. Thanks everyone..

Johnson City, TN

You're welcome jeylons, looking forward to seeing those pics.

@ krowton - Lmaof, thanks.

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Yup...the end result will be interesting for sure.

Lecanto, FL

It's slow turning color.

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Lecanto, FL

another pic

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Lecanto, FL


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Burien, WA(Zone 7b)

Check this variety out for comparison. The Goyo Kumba ornamental eggplant.

Other varieties on their website too!

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Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

That could well be it...sneaky little solanum....grin

Lecanto, FL

check this out and it's one type of seed the company has for sale..

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Cherokee purples are good tomatoes. We've grown them a couple different times. It is a shame you didn't get seeds for it mixed with your peppers.

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