Ornamental Pepper 'Explosive Ember'

Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Explosive Ember
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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Extremely Hot (above 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:




Ornamental (not recommended for eating)

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Days to Maturity:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Tuskegee, Alabama

Queen Creek, Arizona

Strawberry, Arkansas

Oakland, California

Temecula, California

Miami, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Pomona Park, Florida

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Leesville, Louisiana

Marlton, New Jersey

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 29, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love this little pepper, but wanted to pass on a note of caution. The fully red fruits that are starting to shrivel are ready to harvest for seeds. I tore some open and pushed the seeds out onto a paper plate to dry yesterday. It was less than an hour later that I put my finger in my eye...OHHHH what a burn! Luckily I had some eyedrops handy and was able to wash out some of the burn immediately. I have dry eyes and so I am probably a bit more likely to be affected by irritants than some others, but I would heartily recommend wearing gloves and/or using a popsicle stick to remove the seeds. I guess htop (above) tasted these little edible gems, but I think I will pass on that and just enjoy their bright colors.


On Sep 29, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, Tx.
This ornamental pepper adds great color with its dark purple-green mature foliage, lighter colored new growth, small purple flowers and its purple to deep red mature fruit. This cultivar of ornamental pepper is 10-14 inches high and 8-10 inches wide. Its fruit is edible and is medium hot. (Note: The Christmas Cherry which is often grown as an indoor plant producing marble sized, bright red fruit is NOT edible.) It has continuously bloomed, even in extreme heat, and added new fruit all summer with a minimum of care in a hanging basket. It provides a good contrast to other plants whether planted in beds or hanging baskets. Being taller and the foliage darker than the other 'Explosive' ornamental peppers, it can be planted in beds in the background with the other cult... read more