Purple Sweet Bell Pepper
Short on space? These richly colored beauties adapt well to growing in containers.

Purple Bell Sweet Pepper

  • Light: Full sun
  • Matures: 65 to 70 days
  • Fruit size: 4 1/2 x 3 1/2-inch blocky fruits
  • Plant size: 18 to 24 inches tall, 18 to 20 inches wide
  • Plant spacing: 18 to 24 inches

These purple peppers are guaranteed to spark conversation in the garden and on a dinner plate. Colored a rich, deep purple, they have terrific sweet bell flavor to go with their good looks. Peppers start green, shift to white, and then develop purple stripes that eventually cover the whole fruit. The purple skin contrasts beautifully with lime green flesh. It’€™s a stunning combination that really dresses up fresh veggie trays, sandwiches, salads, and other dishes.

This pepper tolerates high heat and humidity and thrives in Southern gardens. Plants grow 18 to 24 inches tall and bear fruit until frost. Space plants 20 to 24 inches apart. Merlot is resistant to tobacco mosaic virus and bacterial leaf spot races 1, 2, and 3.

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