Can You Eat An Ornamental Pepper?

A small potted ornamental pepper plant

Flowers, move aside! Ornamental pepper plants can add intriguing colors and texture to flowerbeds, planters and indoor pots. Use them to decorate the kitchen, for edging around the patio or to brighten up curb appeal at the front of the house. But are ornamental pepper plants edible, or do they just have decorative value? What are Ornamental Peppers? Ornamental pepper plants differ from ordinary garden types of peppers by where the fruit is produced on the plant. On ornamental varieties, the peppers grow at the end of the stems, while garden types have their fruit hidden among the foliage. Ornamental pepper plants also tend to have a more compact growth habit. It’s not uncommon for gardeners to ask, “Can you eat ornamental pepper?” It should be noted that as a member of the nightshade family, the leaves of all types of pepper plants are toxic to humans and pets. However, […]

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