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PlantFiles: Ornamental Pepper
Capsicum frutescens 'Tabasco Miniature'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: frutescens (froo-TESS-enz) (Info)
Cultivar: Tabasco Miniature

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Heat (Pungency):
Extremely Hot (above 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Small (under 2" in length)

Fruit Color:
Yellow changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Provides winter interest

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; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral 1lisac On Jun 11, 2013, 1lisac from Liberty Hill, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This looks like a Medusa pepper, but they aren't hot. Foliage, growth habit, blooms and pods all look like Medusa tho.

Positive rickbayless On Oct 21, 2008, rickbayless from Charlottesville, VA wrote:

This is a dense, shrubby, attractive plant that reaches 3 inches in height and is covered with delicate white blossoms and half-inch yellow to red chile pods. Thrives indoors on a sunny window sill. Lives about two years in a 4 inch pot before becoming root bound. Similar to regular tabasco in taste and heat level. A real novelty - the Bansai of chile peppers!


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

Charlottesville, Virginia

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