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

Common Name: Rooster Spur Pepper

Genus: Capsicum

Species: annuum

Cultivar or Variety: Rooster Spur

Characteristics of Plant
Rooster Spur is a heirloom seed that is rare to sometimes hard to find. It was originally used by Virgil T. Ainswoth of Laurel, Ms. to make his famous rooster sausage.

While the pods may only be 1/2" -1" long they are very flavorful and pack a punch. They range from 20,000 to 30,000 on the Scoville scale.

Pods grow upright on the plant and change from green to orange or red. They may be eaten or used in all stages of color.

This is a pepper that is easily dried or ground up to make chili powder with. Adds heat and flavor to sausage not only made from pork, but also from venison.

The plant can be grown in the ground, used as an accent plant in a flower bed or grown in a container.

Germination Tips: Start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost.

Life Cycle

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

Endangered Species


When to Sow Seed
Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring

Germination Temperature
70-80 F

Seed Sowing Depth

Seed Needs Light to Germinate

Days to Germination
10-14 days

Sun Exposure
Full Sun

Plant Height
1- 2 feet

Plant Form

Nutritional Needs


Reproduces By
Stem Fragments

Potential Hazzards or Invasiveness

Cutting Flower

Additional Uses

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