Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Capsicum annuum, Calico, Calico Pepper

Common Name: Calico Pepper

Genus: Capsicum

Species: annuum

Cultivar or Variety: Calico

Characteristics of Plant
This is a beautiful edible, yet very ornamental plant. It has variegated foliage of purple, cream and green. The fruits change colors from green to an almost dark purple, than to red. They are best eaten and used in cooking in the purple stage.

The plants themselves are very drought tolerant and very prolific producers and are a favorite at the market for all ethnicity

This plant besides making excellent pepper sauce, looks great as a landscape plant because of its foliage. It does well in one gallon containers too.

The plant does benefit from a trim or two, to promote branching. Fruits range between 1/2 " to 1" in size and are conical in shape.

This pepper is hot.

Germination Tips: Pepper plants are best started indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost.

Life Cycle
Annual

Zone Hardiness up to
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
Zone 6
Zone 7
Zone 8
Zone 9
Zone 10

Endangered Species
No

Heirloom
Yes

When to Sow Seed
Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring

Germination Temperature
80-90 F

Seed Sowing Depth
1/16"

Seed Needs Light to Germinate
Yes

Days to Germination
10-14 days

Sun Exposure
Full Sun

Plant Height
10 - 12 inches

Plant Form
Upright
Branching

Blooms
Yes

Flower Color
Purple

Nutritional Needs
Moist

Fertile
Yes

Reproduces By
Seed
Stem Fragments

Cutting Flower
No

Companion Plants
Other: Works well as accent plant in containers or landscape.

Additional Uses
Containers
Borders
Planters

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