Ornamental Pepper 'Medusa'

Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Medusa
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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Mild (1 to 1,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:



Fruit Size:

Small (under 2" in length)

Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:

Cream changing to red

Yellow 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:

Tuskegee, Alabama

Irvine, California

Santa Clara, California

Smyrna, Delaware

Frostproof, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Winter Haven, Florida

Western Springs, Illinois

Urbandale, Iowa

Barbourville, Kentucky

Liberty Hill, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 19, 2010, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

These are cool-looking but require a long growing season. My partner started ours indoors in April and I transplanted them to a container outside in May. Still, by the end of September they were mostly green. Frost killed them soon after.


On Sep 6, 2008, gardenbugde from Smyrna, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is my fourth year for these beauties and I can't imagine not having them. Easy to grow, and easy to care for. I love watching the colors change and then having all 3 colors on the plant at once. They start out a pale yellow-green, changing to orange and then red. Not hot. Fun for everyone.


On Nov 5, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

72 days. Narrow, twisted, snake-like peppers named for Medusa's mythological hair! Compact, well-branched plants produce huge yields of 2 to 2 1/2" pointed peppers held prominently upright over dark green foliage. Plants typically display 40 to 50 mildly pungent fruits at the same time, covering a wide color spectrum ranging from ivory to yellow, orange and bright red. 6-8" high