Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Capsicum frutescens, NuMex Twilight, Hot Pepper... Ornamental Pepper

Common Name: Hot Pepper... Ornamental Pepper

Genus: Capsicum

Species: frutescens

Cultivar or Variety: NuMex Twilight

Characteristics of Plant
An edible ornamental pepper plant that is both hot and spicy as well as being pretty. NuMex Twilight is a piquin-type plant that produces an abundance of multi-colored fruits.

The fruits are held upright in clusters above the foliage and are about 3/4" wide and almost as long. The fruits start out a bright deep purple that turns to yellow than orange and finally to red. The fruits are edible in all stages and are hotter the closer to the red color you get. Full maturity is in about 100 days.

A plant that can be both decorative in the garden and edible at the same time.

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

Germination Temperature
70-80 F

Seed Sowing Depth
1/8th"

Seed Needs Light to Germinate
Yes

Days to Germination
10-14 days

Sun Exposure
Full Sun

Plant Height
1- 2 feet

Plant Form
Upright
Branching

Nutritional Needs
Moist

Cutting Flower
No

Additional Uses
Containers
Borders
Planters

Image
(Image by starlight1153)
"Pepper 'Numex Twilight'"
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