Ornamental Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Medusa') in the Peppers Database

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Fruit: Showy
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual


Posted by DanCarmona (Fort Wayne, Indiana - Zone 5a) on Jan 17, 2012 8:26 AM

Capsicum: Annuum
Origin: USA
Flower: erect, stellate, small
Petals: white
Spots: no
Calyx: toothless
Pods: 2" ivory > yellow > orange > red
Seed: yellow-brown
Leaves: green, medium, glabrous
Plant height: 8-10"
Maturity: 60 days
Habit: sturdy, tree-like bush
Germ. Time: 1 wk > 2 mo.

An ornamental plant with a 'chile hairdo' to rival the legendary Medusa of Greek mythology. This 8" tall compact plant can produce up to 100 small 2in upright fruits. The plant should be in full sun to obtain the best colors on the fruits.

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Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 22, 2014 10:02 PM

I was hooked the first time I saw this diminutive ornamental pepper planted as a border in a flower bed. The tiny, wavy peppers are held upside-down, with the points extending into the air. The peppers develop over the course of several weeks, so it is common to have peppers ranging from very pale yellow, almost white, through all the colors of flame, with bright yellow, orange, and red peppers, all at the same time. These are easy to grow from seed.

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