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PlantFiles: Ornamental Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Masquerade'

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

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Moderate (1,000 to 5,000 Scoville Units)
Hot (5,000 to 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Small (under 2" in length)
Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:
Purple changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Ornamental (not recommended for eating)

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)

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MrMcGregor On Apr 27, 2014, MrMcGregor from Harrisburg, PA wrote:

The peppers are usually the main draw on this plant. However, when it's getting enough light, the 3/4" flowers are quite attractive. The flowers are white, with purple edging and with purple pistols.

Positive GoBlue74 On Aug 27, 2011, GoBlue74 from Kansas City, MO wrote:

This plant has grown very well in full sun. Puts out lots of peppers with great color.

I am curious to know why on this site it says these are not recommended for eating. I have eaten them in omelets and they have a real zing!!

Positive Bocabeignet On Jun 7, 2006, Bocabeignet from Boca Raton, FL wrote:

In the S Florida area I would recommend covering the plant with a light sheet/cloth during the winter when temperatures dip below 50's. I might even bring the plant inside (if in a container.)


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

Alameda, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Lebanon, Illinois
Mound City, Kansas
Zanesville, Ohio
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Dallas, Texas

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