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PlantFiles: Ornamental Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Medusa'

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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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)

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral darylmitchell 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.

Positive gardenbugde 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.

Neutral Farmerdill 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


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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