Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Capsicum Medusa, Medusa Ornamental Pepper

Common Name: Medusa Ornamental Pepper

Genus: Capsicum

Cultivar or Variety: Medusa

Characteristics of Plant
This is another great little Ornamental Pepper that is edible. While the plant itself doesn't get very high, it is a workhorse at producing many multicolored fruits all at once.

It can be planted in the ground or in containers. Looks cute as an accent plant in containers or a low growing plant in gardens. Does well in both and is a fairly drought tolerant plant.

The fruits are usually a few inches long and make for a nice pepper sauce to eat or just be decorative in a bottle sitting on a self.

Fruits start out yellow and change to orange and than red. Fruits are edible at all stages.

A very popular plant at markets. Small enough of a plant that it can be also grown all winter indoors in a sunny location.

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

Endangered Species
No

Heirloom
No

When to Sow Seed
Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring

Germination Temperature
70-80 F

Seed Sowing Depth
1/4"

Seed Needs Light to Germinate
Yes

Days to Germination
10-14 days

Sun Exposure
Full Sun

Plant Height
6 - 8 inches

Plant Form
Branching
Upright

Blooms
Yes

Nutritional Needs
Moist

Fertile
Yes

Reproduces By
Stem Fragments
Seed

Potential Hazzards or Invasiveness
Non-Invasive

Cutting Flower
No

Additional Uses
Containers
Borders
Planters

Image
(Image by poisondartfrog)
"First fruits just beginning transition from green to yellow. Later all colors will be present at once. Suitable for houseplant in bright light."
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