Ornamental Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Chilly Chili'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Chilly Chili
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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Sweet (0 Scoville Units)

Mild (1 to 1,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Small (under 2" in length)

Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:

Yellow changing to red

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:



Ornamental (not recommended for eating)

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

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; 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:

Late (more than 80 days)


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

Tuskegee, Alabama

Mission Viejo, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Miami, Florida

Dacula, Georgia

Woodstock, Georgia

Western Springs, Illinois

Rayne, Louisiana

Shevlin, Minnesota

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Garland, Texas

Houston, Texas

Midland, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Victoria, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 6, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

'Chilly Chili' has proven its worth in the ornamental pepper world by winning the 2002 All-America Selections award. One of the fun and whimsical uses for 'Chilly Chili' would be to use the blooming fruits mixed in with a fall display of other ornamentals such as miniature pumpkins and baby corn.

'Chilly Chili' is perfectly safe for kids too, "the 'heat' has been bred out of the fruit." Grow 'Chilly Chili' indoors in 6" pots to add winter interest to your home. Visitors of all ages will be asking for their own "chili" after seeing yours.