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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

Texas native Yes
Water use Low
Sun exposure Sun to shade
Bloom color White
Bloom time Spring, summer
Mature height 2-3 ft
Mature spread 2-3 ft
Attracts Birds
Edible Yes, peppers
Deer resistant Yes
Notes Needs good drainage.

 

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 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)         

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