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PlantFiles: Hot Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Cow Horn'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Cow Horn

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Moderate (1,000 to 5,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Large (more than 6" in length)

Fruit Color:
Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)


3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dosfuegos On Jul 22, 2007, dosfuegos from Conyers, GA wrote:

I have grown this plant successfully but I have problems finding the seed locally and the plant is hard to find also. I did find one this year and I am going to save seeds from it.

I find if you harvest the pepper while it is young, its not as hot and has a good flavor you can enjoy without your mouth burning.

Positive kyle_and_erika On Jun 11, 2006, kyle_and_erika from Batesville, AR wrote:

I grew six of these a few years ago and they did very well. A lot like a cayenne - a little bigger prehaps. Production was only average. It did preform as advertised though...

Positive admodeva On Nov 22, 2005, admodeva from Dutton, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

These tend to get very large in our garden, very productive.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 16, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A cultivar with slender 6 -10 inch curved peppers resembleing cow horns.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Dutton, Alabama
Batesville, Arkansas
San Diego, California
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Saint Augustine, Florida
Conyers, Georgia
Wendell, North Carolina
Fort Worth, Texas
West Jordan, Utah

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