This tough, rare wild chili pepper is very easy to grow. It gives great yields of small pods which have very Tepin-like heat and unique aroma. Actually works quite nicely as a dried powder. The plant is very tolerable against both heat and cold. It does not tolerate against frost though. If you are looking for a all around, easy-to-grow tough chili plant and are little bit interested in wild chilis, this one is surely for you!
A fantastic wild variety which is the mother of all baccatum peppers. It has a great flavor and it produces a large amount of pods which come loose very easily. Ideal for home growing as it's very easy and produces good yields even it doesn't have perfect conditions.
Extremely rare wild chili pepper species.
Super limited supply available only for the fastest chiliheads.
Very cold tolerant! Medium hot, very sweet pods. The powder made from this variety is both very valuable and very candy-like!
Flowers are beautiful with yellow or green spots.
3 (can be very tricky to germinate, bloom and to set fruit.Two plants from different seeds will maximize the success rate.)
This wild, unique pepper is endemic to two Galapagos islands; i.e. it cannot be found anywhere else in the world growing wild. It is also close to extinction, like most other wild peppers. The plant is relatively small and compact, very pretty, with silvery, hairy leaves which pleasant, strong scent when touched. It has small, white flowers and tiny, very hot, red berries with quite unique, strong aroma. Extremely rare, and a must-have for a serious wild capsicums collection.
Challenge: 3 (can be tricky to germinate, bloom and to set fruit)
Recent research considers these wild and semi-wild peppers as the oldest known chili pepper species in the world. In a way: “the mother of chili”! As a plants they are very different from anything else when it comes to chili. The plants itself isn’t the beauty-queen of capsicums. It’s typically a mess of long, thin stems sprawling everywhere. Fortunately, it’s not very big, either – and one can always use scissors. It produces masses of tiny, very (!) lovely snow-white flowers and (later) oval, spicy (but not very hot) orange-red berries. These berries are actually very useful in all sorts of cooking, both fresh and dried. As strange as it may seem, these plants also make some very attractive bonsai plants! Also one of the easiest wild peppers to germinate. This should be a part of any capsicum enthusiast’s collection!
Here’s a fine example of a very rare wild frutescens pepper. These peppers are closely related to wild annuum “Tepin” peppers. So closely, actually, that the researchers debate which one developed first and where in South America. The origin of this variety is unknown, but it is believed that wild frutescens peppers originally grew in northern parts of South America. The tiny berry is not as hot as in some other wild capsicums, but its complex flavor makes it very good for drying and using as powder.
Challenge: 2 (sometimes wild peppers can be difficult to germinate)
This pretty, extremely rare little volcano comes from Brazil. It is one of the few semi-wild chinense varieties, looking quite a lot like frutescens pepper Tabasco, but with more punch and different flavor. Great especially when dried and crushed!
Ideal desktop plant. Very tough and so very pretty plant growth habit.
Some peppers taken by Europeans from South America to Africa have escaped the farms and home gardens, turning again kind of wild. This variety used to be something very close to the Tabasco pepper a long time ago. Now, when African climate and soil have affected it for many years in the wilderness, this pepper has developed a character of its own. For example, it is definitely hotter than South American frutescens peppers tend to be. A very good, interesting alternative to hot red chili in many dishes, and as frutescens plants do, easy to grow as long as you can give it enough warmth and light. Very good for bonsai growing!