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Hot Pepper 'Chocolate Habanero'

Capsicum chinense

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: chinense (chi-NEN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Chocolate Habanero
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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 brown

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Late (more than 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:

Los Angeles, California

Daytona Beach, Florida

Bonaire, Georgia

Las Vegas, Nevada

Drexel, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania

Liberty Hill, Texas

Orchards, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 17, 2010, JackTheRipper from McKeesport, PA wrote:

Intense heat is more than balanced out by a wonderful aroma and a singularly delicious taste.
Not something you want to tangle with until you can handle a bit of burn, but very much worth it.
Absolutely delicious.

Does better in the ground than a container.
Fairly easy to grow, seems pretty resistant to disease.
Heaps of seeds in mature fruit, so you'll have enough seeds to sow a small farm after a full growing season.

Easily my favorite chinense.


On Oct 20, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 105 day Habanero with 2" x 1 3/4", green ripening to reddish-brown fruit. Glossy, undulating, chestnut-brown fruit is slightly larger than our standard habanero, with outstanding aromatics and very hot flavor.