A rare, wild Capsicum pepper with tiny, berry fruits that ripen to orange-red. The fruits barely measure 0.5 cm and have a sweet flavor (rare in wild peppers) with only occasional mild heat.
A shrubby plant growing to 3-6 feet and under ideal conditions, occasionally even taller. Flowers are fairly small, bell shaped and similar in appearance to C. baccatum.
Shows remarkable cold hardiness for a pepper. Reports show plants surviving to 10-20F and possibly lower, temperatures far lower than any other known pepper.
Fairly adaptable to a number of climatic conditions. Grow like common peppers. Water moderately, grow in filtered or full sun. The plant is quite pest resistant.
Usually grown as a collectors curiosity. The fruits are edible and enjoyable, but very tiny. The plant makes an exotic conversation specimen and may prove interesting in the future for its frost hardiness.
Native to portions of Southern Brazil and the Southern part of Paraguay. This species is sometimes considered a sort of bridge species between the more common and modern Western centered Capsicum's (C. annuum, chinense, etc.) and the more "primitive" Eastern Capsicum's.