Ornamental Pepper 'NuMex Twilight'

Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: NuMex Twilight
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

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

Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Small (under 2" in length)

Fruit Color:

Yellow changing to red

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

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:

Urbandale, Iowa

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Liberty Hill, Texas

Waxahachie, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 8, 2009, Dorkasaurus from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

Nice ornamental. Compact plants grew well in containers. Not particularly tasty but a good blast of heat. I live where these originate so I might be biased =)


On Aug 8, 2006, DrDoolotz from Oxford, NS (Zone 5b) wrote:

I really like this colourful little pepper in my container plantings this summer. It has been very productive and very pretty. The peppers are all different shades of purple to orange and red all at the same time. The plants are compact and have been impressively drought resistant in the containers compared to my tomato plants (the ones in containers). It has been in full sun most of the day. I would definitely grow again.


On Oct 9, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Open-pollinated, ornamental type, compact plant, white flowers and green foliage, erect fruit are purple, then ripen to yellow, then to orange, and lastly, red. Small fruits are edible and very hot. Plants will reach 30 inches in the field.