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What are some good tasting ornamental varieties?

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#21 Indiana_Jesse



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Posted 09 October 2019 - 06:59 AM

Supposedly "Prairie Fire" is a good one, but I can't seem to find it anymore. Purira, Aji omnicolor, and generic Thai (clustering type) are very ornamental in my opinion, but not necessarily true "ornamentals".

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 11:48 AM

I've got 2 pots for the deck, about 24" diameter.

Purple/black foliage would be cool.

Multi-stage color change would be cool.

a neat upright shape would be nice, rather than a rambling horizontal pubescens.


I forgot about Aji Omnicolor, THAT IS a good one! tasty. The Baccatum might be a bit rambling though

Bolivian rainbow has awesome colors.

Wild brazil sounds cool, charapita as well. these get a bit bushy?

I like the upright Black to Red Thai like that Maui purple. Clumping thai's are cool.

Black pearl is very dark, and I like the clumps of round red peppers on the black. I actually spotted it at a local botanical garden which was cool and nerdy for me to point out to friends.


Hows the Yaki Blue taste? Someone around here had 1 or 2 fabulous specimens of Yaki Blue in a teal/blue pots...


If not good for fresh or sauce uses, I'd like to be able to powder/flake it for pizza or mac+cheese or whatever...

but bitterness is not my favorite pepper attribute...is that reduced by removing seeds? like cutting them in half before drying and then knocking the seeds out after dehydrating

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 02:20 PM

there is plenty to choose from...

Aji Omnicolor is a fantastic baccatum and the peppers taste different as they go through different color stages :)

doesn't get to big when potted 


IMO  Yaki Blue taste better when they are fully ripened to a maroon color but the whole plant is beautiful and it's  :hot:   :metal:


here you can look up 4 pages of ornamentals and get their descriptions and see a pic




you can use the features on the left to toggle which characteristics you are searching for.

 There are plenty more than here.

This is just 1 way to quickly look up different characteristics that I've used when trying to find out about specific peppers i haven't grown.


Unfortunately they retired this year, and i'm not sure if you can even still order seeds :mope: maybe try to contact them and see ?

https://www.chilepla... <br> :cheers: 



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Posted 09 October 2019 - 03:18 PM

This is my first year, but my favorite 3 ornaments would be the black pearl, Chinese 5 and filius blue in reference to color. 7a560df3c5958c8a7b333af274b71069.jpg1aba8b9f90f31b47589ac5ed7fcc0236.jpg4f23034ca5724a80e7697cc9e5adb566.jpg

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 08:02 PM

I keep seeing Black Pearl come up in suggestions  :think:

i feel it can't be mentioned without also mentioning: Onyx Red; https://all-americas...epper-onyx-red/ 

and it's an 2018 AAS Winner !


given the same 3 gallon grow bags, Onyx Red stayed WAYYYY shorter !

With no training or trimming, and still produced well considering  it's compact size.
I could see this pepper being used as an ornamental border plant around a flower bed, with a;

tall, dark,  :hot:,  pepper like: Yaki Blue as a central focal point. Or top back center


So many options, and opinions on ornamental value vs. crop value, and what's worth growing 

probably going to have to try several and see what works out best for you.

i can tell you, Red Onyx even works well as a small desk plant.  but looks neat in mass plantings as well 






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Posted 09 October 2019 - 10:59 PM

+1 for Aji Omnicolor, Fish, and Yaki Blue.


That Orange Fish variant looks interesting. I have been thinking of growing that one myself.


I keep seeing Black Pearl come up in suggestions  :think:



I am a bit surprised to see Black Pearl coming up in a thread about good tasting ornamental varieties.


I found the pods to be small, seedy, fairly bland, and not very hot. Beautiful plant, but very uninspiring peppers, IMO.

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