Capsicum frutescens peppers are much more pungent than the C. annuum species and produce fruits that are erect and usually appear just above the foliage. Peppers include  tabasco, bird peppers, and other chili peppers. Varieties of this species have also been selected for their ornamental properties.

Serrano Chili

‘Serrano Chilli’ is an open-pollinated, hot pepper, that takes about 80-85 days to maturity. The club shaped fruit is around 5 cm in length and 1.5 cm in diameter, with medium to thin walls, and good for pickling and salsa. (Scoville rating of 2,500-4,000).

Indian Firecracker

'Indian Firecracker' is a perennial, hot, 'bush' pepper from India. The second generation of seed at ECHO has resulted in large (1.7m tall), high-yielding plants. This pepper produces very attractive, pungent (hot - Scoville rating of 30,000 - 50,000), 2.5 - 5cm long fruits on plants that live several years when protected from frost.