There are 20 to 23 species in this genus of plants that are native to tropical areas of Central America and South America.

Peppers are general considered primarily as a vegetable. However, there are many cultivars which are used as ornamentals in the home landscape. Most have colorful fruit while some also bear attractive foliage.

Capsicum annuum Bell Pepper
C. annuum var annuum Cayenne Pepper
C. annuum var glabrisculum Chiltecpin
C. frutescens Tabasco Pepper


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