Pepper plants are annuals, ranging in various types from 1 to 6 feet in height, much branched. Leaves are elliptical to lanceolate. Plants are usually started in beds, and moved to fields after 6 to 8 weeks. Fruits vary greatly in size and shape and in degree of pungency or "hotness". See statements for main types below. Plants continue to flower and set fruits from midsummer until frost, so fruits in all stages of development are on plants at the same time.