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Medusa Ornamental Pepper

Capsicum annuum 'Medusa'

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Medusa Ornamental Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Medusa') at Fernwood Garden Center

Medusa Ornamental Pepper fruit

Medusa Ornamental Pepper fruit

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Height:  14 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Ornamental Chili, Chili Pepper

Group/Class:  Faciculatum Group

Description:

This variety produces dense upright clusters of very showy, long twisting fruit that emerge cream, then progress to yellow, orange, and finally to red when they mature; a stunning color display for hot, sunny locations

Ornamental Features

Medusa Ornamental Pepper is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The fruits are showy yellow peppers with a orange blush and which fade to red over time, which are carried in abundance from mid summer to early fall. Its attractive pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. It features subtle white star-shaped flowers with buttery yellow overtones dangling from the stems from late spring to mid summer.

This plant is primarily grown as an ornamental, but it's also valued for its edible qualities. The narrow spicy peppers are most often used in the following ways:

  • Cooking
  • Drying
  • Pickling
  • Seasoning
  • Sauces

Landscape Attributes

Medusa Ornamental Pepper is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Medusa Ornamental Pepper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Herb Gardens
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Medusa Ornamental Pepper will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. This vegetable plant is an annual, which means that it will grow for one season in your garden and then die after producing a crop.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Medusa Ornamental Pepper is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Herb  Container  Basket 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features