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Ram's Horn 'Waldensian'

Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Waldensian
Hybridized by Unknown
Registered or introduced: Circa 1900
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Hot (5,000 to 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Large (more than 6" in length)

Fruit Color:

Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:

Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV)

Seed Type:





Fresh (salsa, salads)




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (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

Days to Maturity:

Mid (69-80 days)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Roswell, New Mexico

Drexel, North Carolina

Morganton, North Carolina

Valdese, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 8, 2014, TripleC from Roswell, NM wrote:

Ram's Horn pepper plants did extremely well this spring and summer in Roswell, NM. Bountiful harvest that started with the yellow/green peppers curled up like a Ram's horn and then straightening out as they matured to a bright red color. Added them to Pickled Okra and Cucumbers slices for a "Spicy" taste. My new favorite pepper!


On Jan 27, 2012, annzup1 from Drexel, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Many people are unfamiliar with Ram's Horn Pepper. It's not to be confused with Cowhorn pepper which is generally around 2,500 to 5,000 SCU. Ram's Horn is usually 20,00050,000 SCU. It's a hot pepper, usually, or similar to cayenne. I've grown peppers within the majority of the Southern USA and Central Texas. I've only encountered Ram's Horn pepper grown in Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, and McDowell counties in North Carolina foothills. (It's not generally grown to MY knowledge in Wake, Orange, Johnston Counties or in more Eastern N.C. I have no idea why it's not, unless what local small farmers say: "It's from here. The Waldenses in Valdese first grew it.") Rural foothills and mountain regions of N.C. have, historically, maintained a position of isolation because of geographical and socio-pol... read more