However it IS a native here in the southwest, and Capsicum annuum seems to like our back yard, which makes me a happy herbalist and cook! I love spicy anything, so I can't wait to try out a hot pepper sauce with the tiny berry like fruits. From what I've read online, these Texas Bird Peppers grow wild in Texas, Mexico, Arizona, and possibly even southern Florida and Central America. They grow 'intertwined with other shrubs,' and so can be hard to find, according to Hank Shaw, over at honest-food.net. I just can't believe we have them growing wild in our back yard! I'm so happy!
|Specimen marker at Monticello, Virginia|
|Gorgeous berry at Monticello, Virginia|
|Fruit and Leaf, growing under Lantana and some grasses in my yard|
|Texas Bird Pepper growing in Arizona|
|Today's Harvest - Arizona|
Further...After posting this article, I dug a little further to discover that the Cayenne pepper we are mostly familiar with in the marketplace, is just a domesticated version of the Texas Bird Pepper.