Red Rocoto Pepper - Capsicum pubescens
Also know as Locoto or Manzano. Delicious hot peppers native to Peru and Bolivia, with a unique and satisfying taste. These hardy pepper plants will grow for years if protected from heavy frost and freezing. Can withstand some frost but will die back. Has beautiful, very ornamental purple flowers and black seeds. Produces abundances of peppers, especially in second year and beyond. Seeds can be hard to germinate, keep them over 75 degrees F. Plants will then do great in cooler climates. Keep fruit on plant until you are ready to use.