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Capsicum annuum 'Kung Pao'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Kung Pao
Hybridized by J. Bill; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2000

Synonym:Capsicum frutescens

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Heat (Pungency):
Hot (5,000 to 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:
Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Days to Maturity:
Unknown - Tell us

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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive monte_c On May 9, 2012, monte_c from Waterloo, IA wrote:

A mild-hot pepper I hope catches on...

A hot slender hot fruit and a heavy producer. Medium heat fresh with excellent flavor. Good diced in a fresh rub. Very good stand-alone cayenne/tabasco level sauce pepper. Good for drying.

Positive donnyczech On Dec 4, 2011, donnyczech from Sioux Falls, SD (Zone 4b) wrote:

I successfully grew this large plant in 2011. It produced a lot of fruit all summer. I am satisfied with this pepper plant and will grow it again in 2012.

Positive aurorabudora On Oct 16, 2010, aurorabudora from Vero Beach, FL wrote:

This plant grows effortlessly in my yard. Full of fruit almost all of the time.

Positive compostuser On Dec 23, 2007, compostuser from Bremerton, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

A must have pepper to add to your Asian cuisine. The plant has a sturdy stem, but may require support to keep upright and prevent the strong wind from toppling it over. In the Pacific Northwest, I plant it in a large 16 pot and keep it near a south facing wall.

Positive jessums On Sep 10, 2005, jessums from Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

A very high producing variety of hot pepper. One plant produced for the entire season great tasting cayenne style peppers. Seemed to enjoy the extremely hot dry summer that happened in my area this year.

2007 note- plant survived after transfer inside for winter, through the next summer until that following winter.

Neutral Farmerdill On Oct 7, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 2000 hybrid asian style cultivar. Green to red slender 4. 5 inch very hot fruit.

Positive Michaelp On Mar 25, 2004, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

This has been easy to grow and very productive and HOT-I have had some aphid problems with this one ,but nothing serious. It is an attractive plant with a fairly upright growth habit and Nice shiney red peppers.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Santa Clara, California
Wilmington, Delaware
Miami, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida
Greenwood, Indiana
Ames, Iowa
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
New Milford, New Jersey
Salt Point, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Bremerton, Washington

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