Ornamental pepper plants make for a beautiful sight and none are as colorful - and perhaps as beautiful - as the Bolivian rainbow pepper. Each plant can contain dozens of peppers of multiple shades - purple, yellow, orange and red.
And they do more than just look good, but also come with a surprising level of heat. They are excellent for adding spiciness and color to salsas and sauces. How hot is the Bolivian rainbow pepper? With their bright colors they may look more fruity than hot pepper, but be warned. Bolivian rainbow peppers range from 30,000 to 50,000 Scoville, which puts these peppers on par with the Tabasco and Cayenne peppers. Compared to the well-known Jalapeño, this pepper is four to twelve times hotter.