This is one of several species of heirloom peppers preserved by artist Horace Pippin, and it’s easy to see why these gorgeous peppers appealed to an artist: the fruit begins as a brilliant purple and then passes through coral and orange stages on its way to a deep red at full ripeness. A plant bearing peppers at various stages of ripeness is a thing to behold!
Moderately hot (30,000 on the Scoville scale), the peppers are similar to cayenne peppers in size and shape — narrow, slightly curved, and 4″ to 6″ long. Seedlings, in 2 1/2″ pots. are about 3″ tall.