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Piper nigrum


Piper nigrum is a beautiful fast-growing woody vine prized as the source of black, white, green, and red peppercorns. Makes a cool houseplant.

Piper nigrum is the vine grown commercially as a spice crop specifically for the hot pungent peppercorn fruits that we use as culinary pepper. The same plant can be used to produce black, white, green, and red peppercorns all depending on time of harvest and subsequent treatment. The flowers are small and produced on pendulous spikes up to 3 inches long. This woody vine can reach up to 20 feet in length and 3 feet in width very quickly with thick, leathery leaves. Makes a cool and attractive houseplant.

Common Name: Black or White Pepper,Peppercorn

Family: Piperaceae (The Pepper Family)

Zone Hardiness: 10-12

Light: Part Shade

Height: 15-25'

Width: 2-3'

Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Secondary Bloom Colour: Green

Class: Evergreen

Type: Vine

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Fragrance: No

Berries: Yes

Berries: Red


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Tropical regions.


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Southeast Asia

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