A rare, wild, hot pepper, bearing small slender fruits that ripen from green to ornage, then red. Flavor is quite hot. The plant is uncommon and an interesting ornamental as well as edible, particularly for the pepper enthusiast.
Short perennial or annual to a few feet in heigth. Growth habit is similar to common garden peppers although in warm climates this species may form a tree-like habit.
Not frost hardy. Can be grown anywhere as an annual. Perennial in warm climates.
This pepper would seem to enjoy humid and warm conditions, with regular water. Can be container grown. Grow in full sun and in well-drained soil.
By seeds, which can be tricky to germinate. Some seeds will sprout readily but others may take weeks to a few months to germinate. Warm soil at 80F with only moderate water seems to encourage germination. Do not use high peat content soils.
Extremely rare in cultivation. Fruits are edible and can be used much like any hot pepper.
Native to a small area of Bolivia and Argentina.