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Salsa Yellow Ornamental Pepper

Capsicum annuum 'Salsa Yellow'

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Salsa Yellow Ornamental Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Salsa Yellow') at Chalet Nursery

Salsa Yellow Ornamental Pepper fruit

Salsa Yellow Ornamental Pepper fruit

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Height:  12 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Ornamental Chili, Chili Pepper


This variety produces dense clusters of showy fruit, upward facing atop the plant; peppers emerge green, progress to yellow-gold, then eventually mature to red; a stunning color display for hot, bright locations, or containers

Ornamental Features

Salsa Yellow Ornamental Pepper is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent yellow berries with gold blush from mid summer to early fall, which fade to red over time. Its attractive pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. It features subtle white star-shaped flowers dangling from the stems from late spring to mid summer.

Landscape Attributes

Salsa Yellow Ornamental Pepper is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Salsa Yellow Ornamental Pepper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Salsa Yellow Ornamental Pepper will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. This annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Salsa Yellow Ornamental Pepper is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container  Basket 
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features