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The bullnose pepper is a type of sweet pepper which produces abundantly. Its fruits are somewhat smaller than modern bell peppers and they are susceptible to sunscald. However, they have an excellent flavor.

Latin Name

Capsicum annuum



Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals
Vegetables Vegetables


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 3'
Max spread Max Spread: 2'

Sunlight Exposure

Full Sun Full Sun


  • Drought

  • Colors

    Native Range

    South and Central America


    Thomas Jefferson was growing Bullnose peppers in 1774.

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden Upper Garden

  • Lower Garden
  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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