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PlantFiles: Hot Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Cayenne, Long Slim'

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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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)

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Catssdawg2 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!

Positive admodeva 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.

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

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

Positive Geo1ThiChi 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.

Neutral smiln32 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.

Positive Farmerdill 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.


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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