Ornamental Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'NuMex Centennial') 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

NuMex Centennial

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Posted by DanCarmona (Fort Wayne, Indiana - Zone 5a) on Jan 20, 2012 12:46 PM

NuMex Centennial
Capsicum: Annuum
Origin: New Mexico
PI: 631148
Flower: erect, stellate
Petals: purple
Spots: no
Calyx: toothless
Pods: Purple > yellow > orange > red 1"
Seed: yellow-brown
Leaves: medium, glabrous
Plant height: 12-18"
Maturity: 90 Days
Habit: sturdy, tree-like bush
Scoville units: 500-2500
Bonchi: yes
Germ. Time: 1 wk > 2 mo.

This was the first ornamental variety released from the New Mexico State University (NMSU), home of the Chile Pepper Institute. intended for growing in small containers. It was released in 1988 to celebrate NMSU's Centennial celebrations. Many seed companies offer seed of this cultivar, unfortunately, under different names. 'NuMex Centennial' has purple flowers and purple foliage. Very similar in appearance to the Bolivian Rainbow.

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