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CAPSICUM annuum 'Explosive Embers'

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Botanical Name

CAPSICUM annuum 'Explosive Embers'( Conoides Group)

Plant Common Name

Explosive Embers Ornamental Pepper, Ornamental Pepper

General Description

The colorful fruits of the cone pepper ‘Explosive Embers’ are grown as ornamentals and for the hot, edible peppers. The plants are compact and the peppers small erect, conical and appear singly, not in clusters. The hot fruit is purple-black turning red when mature. Ornamental peppers are generally edible, but care must be taken with plants grown by nurseries for ornamental purposes; they may have been treated with pesticides or other chemicals not suitable for edible plants. Plants take 130 - 145 days to produce fruit after planting from seed.

Native to tropical America, peppers are warm season annuals that have been grown and selected by Native Americans since pre-history times. Cone pepper ‘Explosive Embers’ plants are bushy well-branched with rigid, brittle stems and thin, narrow, dark green and purple leaves. Their flowers are inconspicuous, five-petaled purple and give way to cone-shaped peppers. On the interior they are divided by spongy ribbing which supports many small, flattened, rounded seeds.

Cone pepper fruits are often hot, young fruits are sharper and mature are sweeter in taste. Their heat is produced by a chemical called capsaicin measured in Scoville units against the Scoville scale. The purer the capsaicin, the hotter the pepper and the higher the Scoville rating. Most of the heat comes from the pithy ribs, inner lining and seeds of the pepper, so keep this in mind when cooking with them.

Peppers are warm season vegetables that are easy to grow, if you can provide them with the correct conditions. Full sun, warmth, regular feeding and fertile, perfectly drained soil are required for good growth and fruit production. Some vascular wilts, tobacco mosaic virus and fungal problems can befall them, but overall they are not needy. Proper spacing will keep diseases at bay and help with fruit production, so plant according to the grower’s guidelines.

These peppers are ornamental too; enjoy them as bedding or container plants as well as vegetable garden standards.

For more information about the Scoville Scale see


  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type


  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    10"-14" / 25.4cm - 35.6cm

  • Width

    8"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Summer, Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Mexico, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH


  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate


  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Flower Color


  • Fruit Color

    Red, Purple, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Dark Green, Black

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Purple, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Flower Petal Number


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Foliage Texture


  • Foliage Sheen


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Self-Sowing