Bell Pepper 'California Wonder'

Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: California Wonder
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Sweet (0 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:

Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:

Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV)

Potato Virus Y (PVY)

Phytophthora Blight

Tobacco Etch Virus (TEV)

Bacterial Leaf Spot (BLS), Race 1

Bacterial Leaf Spot (BLS), Race 2

Bacterial Leaf Spot (BLS), Race 3

Pepper Mottle Virus (PepMV)

Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV)


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:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

Clovis, California

Desert View Highlands, California

Menifee, California

Oceanside, California

Pleasanton, California

Rancho Cordova, California

San Jose, California

Vincent, California

Elizabeth, Colorado

Westbrook, Connecticut

Lewes, Delaware

Bonifay, Florida

Cocoa, Florida

Pierson, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Honolulu, Hawaii

Round Lake, Illinois

Brookston, Indiana

Clarence, Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa

Kansas City, Kansas

Benton, Kentucky

Bethelridge, Kentucky

Ewing, Kentucky

Hindman, Kentucky

Independence, Louisiana

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Cumberland, Maryland

Frederick, Maryland

Valley Lee, Maryland

Boston, Massachusetts

Halifax, Massachusetts

Johnsonburg, New Jersey

Elephant Butte, New Mexico

Espanola, New Mexico

Binghamton, New York

Buffalo, New York

Durham, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina(2 reports)

Felicity, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio

Vinton, Ohio

West Chester, Ohio

Eagle Point, Oregon

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jonesville, South Carolina

Hermosa, South Dakota

Austin, Texas(2 reports)

Fort Worth, Texas

Freeport, Texas

Houston, Texas(3 reports)

Liberty Hill, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

Seabrook, Texas

Radford, Virginia

Troy, Virginia

Grand Mound, Washington

Rochester, Washington

Dousman, Wisconsin

Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 20, 2010, DavidinTX from Houston, TX wrote:

It is too early to say but I am quite excited about the results I am seeing from this plant already. Last year I bought some bell pepper plants from Walmart, I cared for them they grew well but produced nothing, yes nothing. Something like that tends to affect your enthusiasm and those plants there aren't cheap, but this is Texas and peppers should have no real problems growing here. I put it partly down to where I bought those plants from and a week of storms which did some damage to some of my plants, although the pepper plants seemed healthy.

This year 2010, undaunted, I decided not to go down the Walmart path, and bring on my own seeds instead. I planted 15 seeds from a packet into a large pot, and waited. For a while there was little sign of anything happening, th... read more


On Jul 5, 2009, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Good Bell Pepper better if it is used when green color and not red. Red it has a slightly bitter taste.


On Jan 29, 2009, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I grew these peppers last year against Big Dipper. I prefer the Big Dippers over Californina Wonders because the Big Dippers produced larger and more peppers. However, Californina Wonders tasted good and produced well. California Wonders still produced smaller peppers after most of the Big Dippers stopped producing. California Wonders are worth growing and will do well in the south but they may not be the best choice.


On Mar 3, 2008, jessums from Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

A great highly productive plant that is a staple in any seedling store. I grow it every year and will continue to do so.


On Jan 9, 2008, DonShirer from Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

Grew 8 of these in an Earthbox. Quite productive and tasted fine, though not as large as some other bells. A rabbit feasted on the leaves until I threw a net over the EB.


On Mar 18, 2005, critterologist from Frederick, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

I'm pretty sure this pepper is OP, not a hybrid.

Great productivity, even during excessively wet or very dry summers here. We like to let green peppers ripen at least until they have streaks of orange/red (sweetens the taste), and even with doing that we picked a lot of peppers from these plants!


On Jan 22, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

A prolific, trouble free pepper. They are good, strong plants that resist breakage and set a huge crop of fruits.

I'm not much on hybrids, but enjoy growing this pepper for the reliable production. Easy to find in most garden centers, it grows well in most parts of the country.


On Oct 21, 2004, Emaewest from Timberlea, NS (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grow peppers in pots exclusively. California Wonder makes a handsome potted plant that produces firm, tasty peppers. As houseplants, in a south-facing window, mine have produced fruit right through the winter (though the fruits are usually few, small and thin-walled.) Easy to start from seed--also readily available from local garden centers.


On Aug 7, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Set out 30 plants, trouble free, productive with great tasting fruit. Will raise even more next year.


On Mar 4, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

There are several modern variations of this old standard bell pepper. The difference lie primarily in performance. This is a blocky (4 x4) green bell which turns red when ripe but used primarily as a green bell. It is widely available and is a good pepper.