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Chile Cultivars of New Mexico State University Released from 1913 to 2008

NuMex Centennial

‘NuMex Centennial’ was the first ornamental chile released from NMSU intended for growing in small containers (Bosland & Iglesias, 1994). It was released in 1988 to celebrate NMSU’s centennial. Many seed companies offer seeds of this cultivar, unfortunately under different names. The semi-compact plant was developed for the commercial greenhouse industry, but it is suitable for cultivation in a formal garden bed. ‘NuMex Centennial’ has purple flowers and purple foliage. The fruit is purple, then ripens to yellow, orange, and, finally, red. It was selected from a seed accession acquired from Chihuahua, Mexico.




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