(C. annuum) (80 days) beautiful and useful hot pepper with eye-catching variegated foliage. Pre-1870. This is a colourful African-American heirloom that is absolutely astounding, from the variegated foliage to the 3" long fruits that ripen from cream with green stripes to orange with brown stripes to finally red. It acquired its name from its use in the 19th century as the secret ingredient in seafood dishes in “crab houses” in the Baltimore area - "secret" because it was used at its cream-coloured stage, so therefore couldn't be seen. Medium-hot. A beautiful container plant for your patio.