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PlantFiles: Ornamental Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Tricolor Variegata'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Tricolor Variegata
Additional cultivar information: (aka Tricolor Variegatum)

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 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:
Purple changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive qterhrs On Jan 8, 2008, qterhrs from Friedens, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

A beautiful addition to the garden and very easy to grow from saved seeds. Lots of small fruits on very bushy eye catching plants but to hot for us to eat. First plant garden vistors comment on. Didn't plant it a couple years and the "regulars" asked what happened to it. It deserves a spot as an ornamental in the garden or flower bed.

Neutral mystic On Aug 4, 2007, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Received the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), 2006 Award of Garden Merit.

Positive p_b_d On Aug 22, 2005, p_b_d from Washington, DC wrote:

Great addition to the garden. It is a real WHATZIT? Very interesting amongst all the usual suspects. Heavy fruit production below the canopy of leaves. I have some problems with urban wild life snagging my tomatoes, will consider planting this at the entrance to discourage that practice.

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

(72 days) Makes a spectacular houseplant or container planting! As Tri-Color Variegata matures, each leaf exhibits shades of white, green and purple in a never-ending, variegated display, with no two leaves the same. Purple stems and blooms add to the richness and charm. Fruits are hot, best used as a garnish, and turn from deep purple to bright red at maturity


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

Washington, District Of Columbia
Jones, Oklahoma
Friedens, Pennsylvania
Burleson, Texas

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