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Golden Cayenne Pepper (Garden Starter Plant)


If you like cayenne peppers, you’re going to love their golden cousin. This hot pepper develops beautiful, smooth-skinned golden fruits that really add eye appeal to the garden. Like a traditional cayenne, fruits pack the heat, but not when they’re small. Peppers need to develop some size (4 to 6 inches long) before heat develops. Use Golden Cayenne to flavor Creole and Cajun cuisine, or to spice up Southwestern dishes. You can substitute golden cayenne in most dishes calling for serrano, jalapeño, or habanero peppers. Dry fruits and grind to create a pretty golden chili powder (but be sure to protect eyes and hands). Easy to grow and tolerant of hot, humid weather, Golden Cayenne produces peppers all summer.

  • Light:  Full sun
  • Fruit size:  4 to 6 inches long
  • Matures:  85 to 95 days
  • Plant spacing:  12 to 18 inches apart
  • Plant size:  18 to 24 inches tall
  • Scoville:  30,000 to 50,000 (hot)

* Photos and description courtesy of Bonnie Plants.