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Tango Red Ornamental Pepper

Capsicum annuum 'Tango Red'

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Tango Red Ornamental Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Tango Red') at Roger's Gardens

Tango Red Ornamental Pepper fruit

Tango Red Ornamental Pepper fruit

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Height:  8 inches

Spacing:  8 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Ornamental Chili, Chili Pepper

Group/Class:  Ornamental

Brand:  Takii


A beautiful ornamental variety featuring small hot peppers clustered on top of dark green foliage; fruit emerges green and matures to red; very hot peppers can be used for hot sauces; great for containers, gardens or border planting

Ornamental Features

Tango Red Ornamental Pepper is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The fruits are showy light green peppers which fade to red over time, which are carried in abundance from mid summer to early fall. It features subtle white star-shaped flowers dangling from the stems from late spring to mid summer. Its pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season.

This plant is primarily grown as an ornamental, but it's also valued for its edible qualities. The oblong fiery peppers are most often used in the following ways:

  • Drying
  • Sauces

Landscape Attributes

Tango Red Ornamental Pepper is an herbaceous annual with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Tango Red Ornamental Pepper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Tango Red Ornamental Pepper will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 inches. When planted in rows, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 inches apart. This vegetable plant is an annual, which means that it will grow for one season in your garden and then die after producing a crop.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Tango Red Ornamental Pepper is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container  Basket 
Ornamental Features