Hot Pepper 'Cayenne, Long Slim'

Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Cayenne, Long Slim
Additional cultivar information:(aka Long Red Slim Cayenne, Long Red, Slim Cayenne, Long Narrow Cayenne, Long Red Narrow)
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Moderate (1,000 to 5,000 Scoville Units)

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Days to Maturity:

Mid (69-80 days)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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


Dutton, Alabama

Batesville, Arkansas

Keystone Heights, Florida

Lithia, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Springfield, Georgia

Waycross, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Benton, Kentucky

Independence, Louisiana

La Place, Louisiana

Parkville, Maryland

Georgetown, Massachusetts

Mathiston, Mississippi

Nevada, Missouri

Trenton, New Jersey

Yorktown Heights, New York

Stanley, North Carolina

Simpsonville, South Carolina

College Station, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

San Antonio, Texas

Radford, Virginia

Troy, Virginia

Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 23, 2008, Catssdawg2 from Whitesboro, TX wrote:

Grows well in N Texas - mine is 4' tall X 4'wide & produces over 150 peppers every 10 days(sets pickable fruit so fast the little brown ends of blossom are still on pepper). Loves full sun but moist soil - more you water it in Texas the more it grows!


On Nov 20, 2005, admodeva from Dutton, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

These grow very well in our garden. They love the full sun and summer heat, and they produce into October.


On Aug 21, 2005, khamtoun from Kaneohe, HI wrote:

They grow well in Hawaii. It is called "Thai Chili" here.


On Nov 28, 2004, Geo1ThiChi from Simpsonville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Cayenne or Capsicum derives its name from the Greek, 'to bite,' in allusion to the hot pungent properties of the fruits and seeds. Cayenne pepper was introduced into Britain from India in 1548, and Gerard mentioned it as being cultivated in his time. The plant was described by Linnaeus under the name of C. frutescens proper. This species appeared in Miller's Garden Dictionary in 1771.


On Aug 28, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Heat and drought tolerant; prefers moist, rich soil; best to keep evenly moist. There are several cultivars as well. Flowers from summer to frost and will grow in sun to partial shade.


On Aug 28, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a version of the slim cayenne that has been around for a long time. When I was a kid the old timers called it Ladyfinger. It is hotter than than the thick version. Grows well and I still prefer the Cayenne flavor to other hot peppers.