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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Capsicum annum - The Common Chilli (Rounded Form)

Ornamental red chilli
Scientific name: Capsicum annuum
Common name: Capsicum, Chili Pepper, 
Family: Solanaceae
Origin: Tropical America
Category: Annuals
Photo taken at: Ah Chui Nursery

How to grow : Grow under the full sun in moist, well-draining soil. Propagation is from seeds.

Notes and features : These are ornamental chilli pepper plants used as a fengshui plant during Chinese New Year season. The fruits are firery red when ripe. Red is the colour of prosperity and happiness. Chilli is 'la jiao' (辣椒). 'Jiao' sounds like 'zhao' in the New Year wishes for wealth and prosperity 'zhao cai jin bao' ( 招财进宝), so it is used to ursher in wealth and prosperity.

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