Although no reports have been seen for this species, many plants in this family produce toxins in their leaves. The sap of the plant can cause the skin to blister
Fruit - raw or cooked
. The distinctive thick-fleshed pungent fruits are used as a vegetable condiment or made into a sauce
. A hot pungent flavour, it is mainly used as a flavouring in cooked foods
. In Peru the seeds are removed, the fruit stuffed with a savoury filling and then baked
. The fruit can be dried and ground into a powder for use as a pepper-like condiment
The growing plant repels insects
There are no material uses listed for Capsicum pubescens.
The hot and pungent fruit is antihaemorrhoidal when taken in small amounts, antirheumatic, antiseptic, diaphoretic, digestive, irritant, rubefacient, sialagogue and tonic
. It is taken internally in the treatment of the cold stage of fevers, debility in convalescence or old age, varicose veins, asthma and digestive problems
. Externally it is used in the treatment of sprains, unbroken chilblains, neuralgia, pleurisy etc
Seed - sow late winter to early spring in a warm greenhouse
. The seed usually germinates in 3 - 4 weeks at 20°c. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots of reasonably rich soil and grow them on fast. If trying them outdoors, then plant them out after the last expected frosts and give them the protection of a cloche or frame at least until they are established and growing away well.
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Requires a very warm sunny position and a fertile well-drained soil. Tolerates a pH in the range 4.3 to 8.3.
This species is only likely to be hardy in the milder areas of Britain, it can tolerate temperatures down to at least -5°c
. It might be possible to get it to fruit outdoors in the mildest areas of the country, especially if given the protection of a sunny wall[K]. Plants are able to continue fruiting for 15 years in cool moist climates
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Capsicum pubescens. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Capsicum pubescens.
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Material uses & Functions
- Unknown part (Condiment)
- Fruit (Unknown use)
- Unknown part (Antihaemorrhoidal)
- Unknown part (Antirheumatic)
- Unknown part (Digestive)
- Unknown part (Irritant)
- Unknown part (Rubefacient)
- Unknown part (Sialagogue)
Native Climate Zones
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Native Geographical Range
Root Zone Tendancy
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