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Cayenne Pepper

Capsicum Annuum

Description:

"Although the species name annuum means “annual” (from the Latin annus “year”), the plant is not an annual and in the absence of winter frosts can survive several seasons and grow into a large perennial shrub.[3] The single flowers are an off-white (sometimes purplish) color whilst the stem is densely branched and up to 60 centimetres (24 in) tall. When ripe, the fruit may be green, yellow or red. Whilst the species can tolerate most climates, C. annuum is especially productive in warm and dry climates." [Wikipedia]

Habitat:

Capsicum Annuum is a domesticated species of the plant genus Capsicum native to southern North America and northern South America. The three species C. annuum, C. frutescens and C. chinense all evolved from a single common ancestor located somewhere in the northwest Brazil - Colombia area. This species is the most common and extensively cultivated of the five domesticated capiscums.

Notes:

This one is from my little garden. I planted the seeds in May and flowers have sprung up only now (October) : I don't think I have a green thumb!

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Cremona, Lombardia, Italy

Spotted on Oct 1, 2011
Submitted on Oct 1, 2011

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