Hot Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Tepin'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Tepin
Additional cultivar information:(aka Chile Mosquito, Chile de Pajaro, Chile Silvestre, Tecpintle)
Synonym:Capsicum ulupica
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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 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

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Days to Maturity:

Late (more than 80 days)


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

Bostonia, California

Pacific Grove, California

Orange Springs, Florida

Hessmer, Louisiana

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Edinburg, Texas

Elgin, Texas

Grand Prairie, Texas

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

Humble, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Mcallen, Texas

Red Oak, Texas

Rockport, Texas

Salineno, Texas

San Juan, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 25, 2007, dfwdennis from Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I transplanted one from south Texas four years ago, where it is commonly called "chile petin" Every year it dies to the ground then returns bigger and better in the spring.


On Jan 16, 2006, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a very productive plant with few problems, the fruit are small, but are the hottest of all I have grown, they take about 200 days to get ripe fruit ,so must be started early for most growers. I think they are worth the wait if it is heat you want.-- and-- My crazy Peacocks love them,


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

According to the Capsicum Database: "Most experts believe the Tepin, also called Chiltepin, is the original wild chile - the plant from which all others have evolved. It is a tiny round berry slightly larger than a peppercorn. It is very decorative and bright scarlet in colour and, despite its high heat level, it is attractive to wild birds, who helped to distribute it across the prehistoric Americas." It is promoted by some as the world's hottest pepper.