Chile Pepper 'Bolivian Rainbow'

Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Bolivian Rainbow
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Unknown - Tell us

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:

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:

Tucson, Arizona

Clovis, California

San Francisco, California

Smyrna, Delaware

Miami, Florida

Western Springs, Illinois

Urbandale, Iowa

Frankfort, Kentucky

Leesville, Louisiana

Ellicott City, Maryland

Tishomingo, Mississippi

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Charlotte, North Carolina

Wren, Ohio

Corvallis, Oregon

Goodlettsville, Tennessee

Brazoria, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Lake Jackson, Texas

Charlottesville, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 15, 2011, EvilPlot from Calgary , AB (Zone 3a) wrote:

I sowed a couple of seeds I obtained from a friend. I'm very surprised it germinated at all as I'm in zone 3a and it has been sitting outdoors from early may and weathered a few hailstorms. One seedling got decapitated by a large-ish hailstone, but the other one is a fighter :) Feeling sorry for it, hence bought a mini greenhouse for it to live in. Slow growth, probably because it's cool here even in June. Glossy leaves. Can't wait to have the rainbow fruits in a few weeks!


On Mar 8, 2009, Dorkasaurus from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is very similar to NuMex Centennial. Purple foliage, purple flowers, tiny fruit starting purple then turning white to yellow to orange to red. Small plants and grows well in containers. Not very tasty but hot. Beautiful plants everybody should grow at least one.


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

This has been a fun and interesting plant! I obtained seeds from a fellow gardener. I sowed in early spring, indoors, in foam cups. I had 100% germination, which surprised me! The peppers are gorgeous!- starting out a bold purple and fading to orange and then turning red. Make room for these next year people! I have mine in a strawberry pot with Black Pearl and Medusas. A very lovely combo! Seeds will be available soon! Please contact me and I'll put you on the list.


On Nov 10, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

According to the Capsicum variety database; "Tear-drop shaped peppers turn from purple to yellow to orange to red with all colours present on the plant at the same time. Great container plant. Very prolific. (Capsicum annuum). 75 days to ripen. Heirloom variety. Grown in Bolivia. Ever bearing, 2-3 foot plants have purple foliage and flowers and yield tiny, pointed 1 inch fruits."


On Dec 28, 2002, Mitjo from Lappeenranta,
Finland (Zone 3a) wrote:

chilepepper which make purple flowers and fruits...