Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum (Chile Petin)
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Synonyms: Capsicum annuum var. aviculare.
Chile Petin (also sometimes called Chile Pequin) is our perennial native pepper. Do not let the small pepper size fool you – they are definitely on the hotter side (slightly hotter than a cayenne pepper). Birds, particularly mockingbirds, like the peppers. The plant may die to the ground in the winter but comes back in the spring. If the peppers are not harvested, they will re-seed as well. Chile Petin is drought tolerant, although it appreciates occasional watering in the summer. It needs good drainage. Chile Petin looks best in the garden if planted en masse, or interplanted with other perennials or grasses.
AT A GLANCE
|Sun exposure||Sun to shade|
|Bloom time||Spring, summer|
|Mature height||2-3 ft|
|Mature spread||2-3 ft|
|Notes||Needs good drainage.|
|Present in state|
|Present in county and native|
|Native to North America, but adventive & escaped in state|
|Not present in state|
|Present and rare, native in county|
|Previously present, now extinct|
|Questionable presence (cross-hatched, regardless of color)|