Bell Pepper 'Islander'

Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Islander
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Heat (Pungency):

Sweet (0 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:

Purple changing to red

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:



Fresh (salsa, salads)




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Days to Maturity:

Early (55-68 days)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Efland, North Carolina

Hillsborough, North Carolina

Houston, Texas

Logan, Utah

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 17, 2016, lokidog from Logan, UT wrote:

This is a great reliable pepper for me. Early, productive, and quite beautiful. Keep it picked and you will have amazing productivity. It's one of my favorites and have not found an open-pollinated equivalent. These don't sun-scald as easily as some in my hot-day dry climate either. Perhaps two negatives are the cooked color and the rather high price of seeds. Cooked more than briefly, such as cooking in a sauce till tender, when purple - it tends to fade to gray - a rather unappealing color. However that's not really a problem for me, but it might be for some.
Oh, and it's listed on some sites as pale lavender. It's not - it's purple. Could be the sun here, but it's only pale when really young, and even then it's not really pale lavender - it's sort of pale green and pale ... read more


On Mar 14, 2015, ClearlakeTx from Houston, TX wrote:

Grew fast and easy in big container. Bore loads of lilac fruit from early into December here in Houston. I use them like fresh green peppers, just so much more colorful :-). Makes them suitable for flower beds or the front yard.


On Sep 8, 2004, Horseshoe from Efland, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Excellent "bell type" pepper plant! Wonderful in your home garden, container, and also a delight in your flower bed!

Early maturing variety (58 days) with fruit that quickly turns to purple/lilac within a week of forming.

Note: most peppers grow as a GREEN pepper, maturing to either a red, orange, or yellow pepper. Islander grows as a purple/lilac colored pepper and matures to an orange/red color.