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Hot Pepper 'Serrano Chili'

Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Serrano Chili
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Hot (5,000 to 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:



Fruit Size:

Small (under 2" 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:

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

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:

Phoenix, Arizona

Siloam Springs, Arkansas

Irvine, California

Los Angeles, California

Menifee, California

New Castle, Delaware

Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Miami, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Wilsonville, Oregon

Houston, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Kennewick, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 28, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very prolific and easy to grow. I like this pepper because even though it has planty of heat, it still has a nice flavor that cuts through the fire.

It's considered pretty hot by lots of standards, but I rate it as a meduim -hot pepper that is good for general use. I've not found it to be overwhelming in dishes and it dries to a nice crispness that makes it easy to grind into flakes.

I use it fresh or dried...great both ways.


On Nov 26, 2004, beclu727 from Dacula, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Great for salsa and Thai cooking (a substitute for Thai chilis). Very prolific, one plant produced at least 40-50 peppers.


On Nov 5, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

An 85 day hybrid Serrano.