I know what you must be thinking, she can’t mean a pepper that is perennial in zone 7a!
This particular cultivar, name unknown, has been growing in my garden in various locations, for seven years. It was a gift, among many, from the heavy duty gardeners that live down the street. Thanks Mae and Mickey.
The fruits are one inch in diameter and round. I assume it is some type of ornamental pepper, but all are edible if you can stand the heat. Orange is the color. Green to orange. No red, purple, yellow.
The first year it was planted from seeds grown in my greenhouse/sunroom. The seedlings were placed willy nilly around the garden. The fruit did not show until late summer and I was disappointed by the color. It was not the splashy red or black fruit of the other peppers I had been given by these same neighbors. But it was rumored that this was special because it was PERENNIAL. Maybe just under a shrub or other protected area I thought.
They were left to winter over in the garden without cover. Some critters must have liked the taste, bites were taken from the fruit. The plant tops were damaged by cold but even on the coldest days green was appearing underneath.
Tiny pepper plants showed themselves here and there. They proved equally as hardy as the parent. I kid you not, these peppers are perennial. If anyone knows the cultivar, or why or how this is happening, let us know! For now, these are a colorful jolt in my winter garden and that’s enough reason to keep growing them.
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