Capsicum lanceolatum – Wild Chilli (plant)
Capsicum lanceolatum is chilli species native to Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras. It was thought to be extinct until its rediscovery in 1991.
Lance shaped leaves from which the specific name derives, pendulous green fruit turning red on maturity with thin flesh and many black seeds. The fruit has no heat. Evidently it can be turned into a good bonsai and may be useful in chilli breeding programs.
Care and Cultivation of Capsicum lanceolatum
Capsicum lanceolatum prefers a full to part sun position and adequate moisture. Perennial in most areas. Fertilise regularly over growth season. Treat Capsicum lanceolatum like other chilli plants.