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Planted at Mount Vernon

  • Lower Garden
  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    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





    Max Height: 3'
    Max Spread: 2'

    Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun


  • Drought

  • Colors

    Native Range

    South and Central America


    Thomas Jefferson was growing Bullnose peppers in 1774.

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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