Ornamental Pepper 'Medusa'

Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Medusa
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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Mild (1 to 1,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:



Fruit Size:

Small (under 2" in length)

Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:

Cream changing to red

Yellow changing to red

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:



Ornamental (not recommended for eating)

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:

Can be grown as an annual


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

Tuskegee, Alabama

Irvine, California

Santa Clara, California

Smyrna, Delaware

Frostproof, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Winter Haven, Florida

Western Springs, Illinois

Urbandale, Iowa

Barbourville, Kentucky

Halifax, Massachusetts

Liberty Hill, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 19, 2010, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

These are cool-looking but require a long growing season. My partner started ours indoors in April and I transplanted them to a container outside in May. Still, by the end of September they were mostly green. Frost killed them soon after.


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

This is my fourth year for these beauties and I can't imagine not having them. Easy to grow, and easy to care for. I love watching the colors change and then having all 3 colors on the plant at once. They start out a pale yellow-green, changing to orange and then red. Not hot. Fun for everyone.


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

72 days. Narrow, twisted, snake-like peppers named for Medusa's mythological hair! Compact, well-branched plants produce huge yields of 2 to 2 1/2" pointed peppers held prominently upright over dark green foliage. Plants typically display 40 to 50 mildly pungent fruits at the same time, covering a wide color spectrum ranging from ivory to yellow, orange and bright red. 6-8" high