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Capsicum flexuosum
Ke huí
  • Hardy to Zone 7
  • Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Germination Tested N/A
  • 10+ seeds per packet
Regular price $10.00 CAD
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Capsicum flexuosum is a small wild perennial pepper species that is hardy to -15°C (5°F)! The peppers are slightly larger than a pea, but the plants are heavy producers, and come back year after year. Fruits are quite hot with a fruity flavour. Plants continue growing and ripening peppers into the late fall, even when nights are below freezing.

The plants can grow up to 10 feet tall, and develop woody stems over a few years. They will lose their leaves during the winter, but will leaf out around May once temperatures die back. When the plants are young, they will likely die back to the ground in winter, but they will regrow from the roots.

At least two plants are needed to set fruit. When plants are young, it can help to transfer pollen from plant to plant using a small paintbrush or q-tip to help with pollination. Once the flowers get more numerous, the bees should have no problem doing the pollination for you.

In my experience, plants are best propagated by layering or root cuttings, although half-wood, green cuttings are said to work too.

This is a very rare species native to southern Brazil, where it is sometimes used as a spice. Capsicum flexuosum has apparently been crossed to other pepper species, but all my attempts and others I have heard about by backyard growers have failed. I am interested in breeding this pepper with others to create larger, cold tolerant peppers. If you have had success doing this, please be in touch!

Botanical sample. Not germination tested. Seeds take a long time to germinate, see tips below.

Growing Instructions

Growing instructions: Seeds can be very tricky to germinate, and sprout erratically over a long period of time. Start indoors in winter in sterile growing medium in pots or flats. Sow seeds about 1/4 inch deep, and keep the soil slightly damp. Room temperature is best for germinating this species, or slightly warmer- a heat mat can help. Seeds can take 2 weeks to many months to germinate, but don't give up on them! Keep them warm and moist and your patience will pay off. Don't throw out trays as some people have had them sprout a year later!

Once seedlings have their first true leaves, transplant into larger pots, or plant out in their final location after danger of frost. They are slow growing in the first year, but pick up speed in year 2 and beyond. Space 1-2 feet apart to start: plants can always be dug up and spread out if they get too crowded as they get older.

Growing conditions: Full sun is best, but part shade is ok too. Well-draining, fertile garden soil is ideal. Plants are quite drought and heat tolerant. No trellising is needed. Can be grown in large pots.

Shipping & Returns

We ship seeds within Canada for a flat fee of $6, United States for $25, and internationally for $25*. Live plants and bulbs can only be shipped within Canada.


Shipping in Canada 

We ship seeds in Canada via regular letter mail, which is an untracked service, and usually takes 1-2 weeks to arrive. Larger bulbs and plants are sent via tracked flat rate box.


Shipping to the US

We ship all US orders by tracked packet and they usually take two weeks to arrive.

According to the USDA, most seeds require an import permit to be brought into the US and the permit is free and useable for multiple orders/years. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". In our experience shipping seeds over several years, most small orders will make it across the border without issues, but occasionally they will be held at US Customs. 

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held or confiscated by US customs.


Shipping Internationally

International orders are usually shipped via untracked packet. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held of confiscated by customs.

International shipping countries include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom


If you have any issues with the quality of your order, please contact us within 60 days and we will make it right!

*Shipping fees are in Canadian dollars. 

Ecologically Grown

Seeds are grown ecologically without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews

Great seeds

betty burk

Received the seeds with a personal note on the package within a week. Looking forward to the growing season with these new to me seeds. Thank you. I will let you know how the peppers and other seeds do in my microclimate