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Ornamental Pepper 'Tricolor Variegata'

Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Tricolor Variegata
Additional cultivar information:(aka Tricolor Variegatum)
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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Hot (5,000 to 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:

Unknown - Tell us


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

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:

Washington, District Of Columbia

Jones, Oklahoma

Friedens, Pennsylvania

Burleson, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 8, 2008, qterhrs from Friedens, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

A beautiful addition to the garden and very easy to grow from saved seeds. Lots of small fruits on very bushy eye catching plants but to hot for us to eat. First plant garden vistors comment on. Didn't plant it a couple years and the "regulars" asked what happened to it. It deserves a spot as an ornamental in the garden or flower bed.


On Aug 4, 2007, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Received the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), 2006 Award of Garden Merit.


On Aug 22, 2005, p_b_d from Washington, DC wrote:

Great addition to the garden. It is a real WHATZIT? Very interesting amongst all the usual suspects. Heavy fruit production below the canopy of leaves. I have some problems with urban wild life snagging my tomatoes, will consider planting this at the entrance to discourage that practice.


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

(72 days) Makes a spectacular houseplant or container planting! As Tri-Color Variegata matures, each leaf exhibits shades of white, green and purple in a never-ending, variegated display, with no two leaves the same. Purple stems and blooms add to the richness and charm. Fruits are hot, best used as a garnish, and turn from deep purple to bright red at maturity