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PlantFiles: Cayenne Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Purple Cayenne'

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

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
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:


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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)
Late (more than 80 days)

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3 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive donnyczech On Sep 2, 2013, donnyczech from Sioux Falls, SD (Zone 4b) wrote:

Great plant to grow. It is hot and tasty, at least that is what my boys say about it. The plant is prolific and early producer. I will grow it again.

Positive Summerhawk On Dec 28, 2010, Summerhawk from Eastern Shore of Virginia, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a beautiful and productive hot pepper plant. Good germination. The stems and leaves are attractive with purple highlights. The flower blossoms are bright purple. The peppers start out a glossy dark purple maturing to fire red. The heat scale of these peppers is the same as standard cayenne peppers. They have a better flavor in my opinion than "normal" red cayenne peppers. I have had best results growing this pepper in soil that has been ammended with quality aged manure/compost and lime. The plants seem to have no problems with any insects or diseases. Mulch around plants and keep soil moist. I have posted some pictures of this unique and rare pepper. Very good, dependable hot pepper of excellent quality in my experiences. Has a place in my garden each year.

Positive critterologist On Aug 28, 2005, critterologist from Frederick, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

This was a moderately productive plant in my garden, and other cayennes performed better, but its striking coloration gets it a positive rating from me and a place in my landscape bed next year! I was not expecting the purple tint to the foliage & stems.... a nice decorative bonus!


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

Geneseo, Illinois
Edison, New Jersey
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Liberty Hill, Texas
Willis Wharf, Virginia
Kaukauna, Wisconsin

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