Black Pepper, Common Pepper
Piper nigrum L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for the common pepper. It was described by Carl Linnaeus in Species Plantarum in 1753. This species is native to India and Sri Lanka.
The genus, Piper L, was also described by Mr. Linnaeus in Species Plantarum in 1753. Plants of the World Online lists 2,092 species in the genus Piper. It is a member of the Piperaceae Family which consists of six genera.
This Piper nigrum was sent to us by mistake from Wellspring Gardens in 2009. It did very well for a while then died but I don’t remember when. It seemed to be fairly easy to grow.
Origin: India and Sri Lanka
Zones: USDA Zones 10b-11 (35 to 40° F)
Size: 12-15’ tall, smaller in pots
Light: Light shade
Maybe someday I will buy another Piper nigrum when I have the right conditions. Some of the links below describe the many benefits of black pepper in your diet.
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