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PlantFiles: Chili Pepper, Hot Pepper
Capsicum chinense 'Ecuadorian Devils Breath'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: chinense (chi-NEN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Ecuadorian Devils Breath

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Extremely Hot (above 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Small (under 2" in length)

Fruit Color:
Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Days to Maturity:
Late (more than 80 days)

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DanCarmona On Nov 29, 2012, DanCarmona from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

Ecuadorian Devils Breath
Capsicum: .Chinense
Origin: .Central African Republic
PI: .
Scoville units: .200,000 - 325,000
Blossom end shape: .pointed
Fruit position and shape: .pendant, oblate
Fruit size and color: .2" x 1 1/4" green > orange > red
Calyx shape: .saucer shape, toothless
Flower: .stellate, small, bell-shaped
Petals/Spots: .white/none
Filament color: .white
Anther color: .blue
Habit: .small, usually low tree
Stem: .smooth
Leaves: . large, uneven
Germ. Time: .3 wk. >.3 mo.
Maturity: . 95 days
Plant height: .24-36"
Taste: .

One of the few large peppers in the Chinense Species. This pepper is extremely hot and has a very distinct shape to it.

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