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Capsicum annuum longum group 'Medusa'

Chilli pepper

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Chilli peppers are grown for their fiery heat. This is caused by the alkaloid capsaicin, which is measure in Scoville Units. Most chilli peppers, even though they seem to have a hot bite, are only about 600 units, compared to 'Habanero' which has an astonishing 200,000 units. They are grown in the same way as sweet peppers but the fruit can be picked at any stage, when the colour is green or red. 'Medusa' is an extremely ornamental variety, covered with long, thin peppers in shades of yellow, orange and red on a single plant. The peppers are very mild in flavour. The plant is perfect for growing outside in a very sheltered spot or even inside on a sunny windowsill.

Family: Solanaceae

Genus: Capsicum

Species: annuum longum group

Cultivar: Medusa

Plant type: Vegetable

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 60cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

Reader reviews


I bought one for my partner, a chilli fiend of scorching tastes but found Medusa is about as hot as October in Aberdeen. It's more like a collection of minature pointy peppers than a chilli. That said, it is prolific and after harvesting a whole bowl of chillis from it, it burst into flower again and we're looking forward to round two. Considering I paid £1 for it from my garden center's end of year clearance and grew it under an indoor light, I feel we got terrific value. If I'd have laboured since spring however, I think I'd rather have stuck to either a true chilli or a bigger pointy pepper type.

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