The Q&A Archives: Which variety did we get?

Question: Last fall, my wife bought an ornamental pepper plant. It's packaged in a Monrovia pot so I assume it came from one of your greenhouses. Can someone help me to identify which variety it is? I believe it's a Capsicum annuum but I can't seem to pin down which one. I can describe it in great detail if anyone is interested in helping. -- Thanks!

Answer: This is an interesting question. The Monrovia plant list does not include any peppers (Capsicum) at all. Monrovia plants are sold nationwide by independent retailers. Each store stocks its own selection of Monrovia (and other) products. I would suggest you check with the retailer where you purchased the plant and see if they can tell you which pepper(s) they may have had in stock at the time you purchased yours. That is probably the best way to narrow down the possibilities. It's possible someone recycled the container? In the meantime, you might be able to tell which one you have by looking at photos of some of the named varieties on the market. (They are hundreds of different ones, if not more.) Here are several sites with photos.

ChiliPepper Plants offers some basic information about the differnt types of peppers to help you narrow it down that much.

JOhnny's Select seeds offers many different peppers, with photos.

Seed Savers Exchange offers many peppers and photos, too.

I'm sorry I can't be more specific for you. I hope this helps. (Also, in case you ever have another question, the reason we ask for your state is so we can tell which USDA winter hardiness zone and general region you garden in. Depending on your question it can make a difference in our answer. This time, of course, it did not.)

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