Bird Pepper, Chili Petin
U.S., south to Central and South America.
- Central Texas
- Full Sun
- Part Sun/Shade
About This Plant
Sun or shade. The white flowers produce small, edible, hot peppers later in the season. Chili pequin is widely culivated, being the origin of many sweet peppers, bell peppers, hot chilis, and chili powders, from cayenne to paprika. Despite its “annual” name, it will survive mild winters and releaf in spring, eventually growing into a small bush. Mockingbirds appreciate the fruit, and plant it near any fenceline. Consider it a fun addition to the herb garden or any shaded landscape. Preserve it if you can, because the wild form can be difficult to source from plant vendors.
None needed except to recognize it in order to save it; it often pops up on its own in weedy edges and gets cut down.
6-24" H, 1-3' W
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
May, June, July, August, September, October