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Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper

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Want to add a little spice to your life? Try growing cayenne peppers (Capsicum annuum ‘Cayenne’). Cayenne pepper plants are also known as guinea spice, cow horn peppers, aleva or bird peppers, but are more commonly referred to as red pepper in its powdered form, used to flavor food in a variety of cuisines and medicinally. Named after the French Guiana city of Cayenne, cayenne pepper plants are related to bell peppers, jalapenos and other peppers with just a touch more heat than the latter. On the Scoville scale, cayenne pepper is rated at 30,000-50,000 units — spicy, but not so much it will knock your socks off. This Capsicum genus is in the nightshade family of Solanaceae.

Moist soil is required in the care of cayenne peppers but take care not to overwater. Saturated soil, or overly dry soil for that matter, may cause the foliage to yellow. Organic mulch or plastic sheeting help reduce weeding and conserve water; however, do not apply organic mulch until the soil has warmed to 75 F. (24 C.). Cayenne pepper plants may overwinter if protected from frost or moved inside. Prune the plants as needed.