Jeff's Purple

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Very early, indet., regular leaf plant. This was supposed to be Cherokee Purple, but turned out to be quite different. The flowers are very small, almost cherry-like blooms. The plant has more 'delicate' foliage than the true Cherokee Purple and it was the first to set fruit and produce ripe fruit. Fruits are flattened globes that are blemish free, deep purple/pink (but not 'black') color, with green shoulders that turn yellow when the fruit matures, there is a distinct 'star' mark on the blossom end. No green gel around the seeds, which shows that this is certainly not a 'black' variety. Taste is good, but not what I'd call 'outstanding'.

Seed source:

MI FL J 08 (Jeff Fleming, Michigan) /

Year grown: 2008

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


  • Likely an accidental cross with Cherokee Purple being a female parent, that came from Jeff Fleming's garden. Jeff sent Cherokee Purple seeds to Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T) in the spring of 2008, and this is what appeared on the only plant that Tatiana managed to grow (only 1 seed germinated out of 4).
  • It is likely unstable and some interesting variations may appear in the next generations, if Cherokee Purple was truly a parent plant. The earliness is worth pursuing.


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