Wild Pepper Plant (photos(

SpicyThumbSeptember 18, 2013

Hello!

Well, this little beauty decided to sprout right next to the concrete deck. It looks like a chiltepin/birds eye pepper, the typical wild pepper plant around here. I'm thinking about transplanting it (let me know if that's a bad idea)

I believe this happened because about a year ago, I had a pepper plant sprout out of no where in a pot (had to of been the birds). Then, I moved and my room mate got a dog and he knocked over the pepper plant one day, and I think more seeds were in the soil which spilled every where (near the same spot of the plant).

Also, there was a period in the spring where 10-15 birds would come and eat the dog food and crap all over the place, near the same spot of the plant. So maybe they ate some peppers else where and planted a seed.

Questions: This IS a chiltepin/birds eye pepper, right?

-Safe to transplant?

More pictures to come... Could only upload 1 at a time?

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SpicyThumb

Photo of the peppers. Waiting for the suckers to turn red!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 9:01PM
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woohooman

Looks like tepin/chiltepin. I wouldn't move it, Looks to be pretty darn established and happy. Why move it?

Kevin

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 9:48PM
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nc_crn

That looks suspiciously like an Eastern Black Nightshade.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 10:07PM
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nc_crn
    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 10:13PM
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don555(3a)

I agree on the nightshade ID. You don't want to be eating those berries.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 10:15PM
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nc_crn

Also, in case you've eaten some...the berries aren't very toxic unless you ingest a whole lot of them.

Mild toxicity would be nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc...

It's not the "deadly nightshade" variety more commonly found west of the Rockies with the bad reputation.

Some people are quite tolerant of the mild amount of toxins in the berries and make jams/pies out of it...go figure.

Still...I wouldn't bother trying to make them edible...or playing around with what's a toxic dose for you. It's not worth it for the most part.

This post was edited by nc-crn on Wed, Sep 18, 13 at 22:19

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 10:18PM
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esox07 (4b)

I would say the nightshade ID is dead on according to the link posted. But as far as being toxic, I would say your might be better off eating one of those than a Bhut pod.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 10:34PM
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SpicyThumb

Thank you for the input everyone!

It definitely looks like the Eastern Black NIghtshade, like mentioned. I will just rip the plant out of the ground now.

I thought it was weird that there was multiple fruits rather than the single pepper with the chilitepin.

Much thanks.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 12:33AM
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judo_and_peppers(Tampa FL)

scary concept. something that looks so much like a pepper...

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 12:47AM
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woohooman

Once again, My I.D. skills are poorly displayed. lol Does look sorta like a tepin though.
. Kevin

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 1:54AM
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SpicyThumb

Indeed, Judo & Peppers. I had no idea there was such a plant that looked like the Tepin.

And Woohooman, same here. I agree, it does look like it a little tepin.That's why I posted the photos. Always good to get many opinions.

Oh well, my newest pepper venture will start in a couple months. I will try and start a thread since I created this account.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 3:31AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

What makes it suspicious that it has multiple fruits cluster. But as far as I know that is not the growing habit of peppers.

I have seen nightshades with similar fruits bac in GA. Their fruts turned orange when ripe. The stem and leaves had thorn. ALSO, they looked more like eggplant than pepper. Flea beetle loved them just like eggplant.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 3:57AM
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willardb3

Tepin is an annuum and does not bear multiple fruit on a node.

Not a tepin

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 9:10AM
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wjp4140(7b b-more)

Peppers, tomatoes, potatos and eggplants are members of the nightshade family.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 5:15AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

wip ... correct but here NIGHTSHADE is referred to the deadly toxic ones.
Horse Nettles is referred to some of them as well.

This post was edited by seysonn on Fri, Sep 20, 13 at 6:18

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 6:16AM
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PepperGuy222(5)

There are multiple peppers out there who grow in clusters as well, for example, Yatzi Pepper, which I'm growing. But, there is no mistaking those bad boys.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 6:45AM
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sandy0225(z5 Indiana)

nope, its a weed. time to get rid of it. But I will say by the picture it is a really pretty one!

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 3:47PM
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t-bob(west wa)

plus the fruits were falling down rather than up, that was my first thought when I saw the second pic....yank that sucker

    Bookmark   September 21, 2013 at 12:29PM
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