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PlantFiles: Ornamental Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Maui Purple'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Maui Purple

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Extremely Hot (above 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:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

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:
Late (more than 80 days)

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Ozark On Sep 7, 2006, Ozark from Ozark, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love this pepper! It's a very attractive and easy to grow ornamental that I've kept going in a pot for about 7 years now. We bring the pot inside in winter, and the old plants die from time to time but there are always seedlings to carry on. It has green/purple foliage, purple blooms, and purple peppers that turn red.

I got the seeds from a lady in Hawaii who said it's a native plant there. The peppers are very hot but with good flavor. 9 little Maui peppers make 1 gallon of salsa just right for me, and it's nice to have fresh peppers even in the wintertime to do that with.

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

A 1 3/4 X 1/2 inch candleflame shaped purple to red pepper. Purple plant with violet flowers.


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

Menifee, California
Ozark, Missouri
Eagle Point, Oregon
Hutto, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas

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