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Hot Pepper 'Aji Colorado'

Capsicum baccatum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: baccatum (BAK-ah-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Aji Colorado
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Mild (1 to 1,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:

Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:



Fresh (salsa, salads)



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)

Late (more than 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:

Greenbrier, Arkansas

Platte City, Missouri

Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 28, 2012, DanCarmona from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

Aji Colorado
Capsicum: Baccatum var. pendulum 
Origin: Bolivia
PI: 590506
Scoville units: 30,000-50,000
Blossom end shape: pointed
Fruit position and shape: pendant, elongate
Fruit size and color: 3"-5"L green > red
Calyx shape: cup shaped
Flower: erect, rotate, small
Petals/Spots: white/yellow or tan spots
Filament color: white
Anther color: yellow
Habit: small, usually low tree
Stem: smooth
Leaves: smooth, relatively small
Germ. Time: 2 wk. > 2 mo.
Maturity: 75-80 Days
Plant height: 18 > 24"
Taste: .."citrusy" "fruity"
Uses:.condiment, garnish, salsa
This tall variety from the Peruvian Andes produces brilliantly color... read more


On Aug 22, 2005, luckydoginar from Greenbrier, AR wrote:

I planted Aji Colorado for the first time this year from seeds from Gurney's. Most fruit is 4-5 inches long, bright red, fleshy, sweet, but unfortunately, not hot. One plant has some fruit that turned orange, but not red. These peppers are hot, similar to a jalepeno. I do not know why only the orange ones are hot. I thought maybe they crossed with the Aji Amarillo I have in the next row, but am not sure.


On Feb 12, 2005, Love2Troll from (Zone 5b) wrote:

A heavy producer with typical good C. baccatum taste & heat. Pod heat is medium.


On Oct 14, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Brilliantly-colored, peppery and spicy chile from the Andes. Short, sprawling shrub with long, conical, slightly wrinkled, shiny orange/red fruits. Unique, pungent flavor. (85 day)