Ornamental Pepper 'Masquerade'

Capsicum annuum

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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:

Alameda, California

Boca Raton, Florida

Lebanon, Illinois

Mound City, Kansas

Zanesville, Ohio

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Dallas, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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!!


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.)