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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Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Extremely Hot (above 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Tapered

Fruit Size:

Small (under 2" in length)

Fruit Color:

Purple changing to red

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Open-pollinated

Usage:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Drying

Pickling

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:

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

Regional

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

Menifee, California

Ozark, Missouri

Eagle Point, Oregon

Hutto, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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.