Hot Pepper 'Charleston Hot'

Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Charleston Hot
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Extremely Hot (above 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:

Green changing to orange

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:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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:

Drexel, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 29, 2012, DanCarmona from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

Charleston Hot
Capsicum: Annuum
Origin: South Carolina, USA
PI: 640825
Scoville units: 70,000-100,000
Blossom end shape: pointed or sunken
Fruit position and shape: pendant, curved
Fruit size and color: 4-6" green > reddish orange
Calyx shape: cup shaped, toothless
Flower: erect, stellate
Petals/Spots: white/none
Filament color: white
Anther color: blue
Habit: sturdy, tree-like bush
Stem: smooth
Leaves: medium, glabrous
Maturity: 85 days
Plant height: 18-24"
Germ. Time: 1 wk > 2 mo.
Uses: sauce, dried, crushed

Developed by the USDA at Clemson University in South Carolina. 'Charleston Hot' has a short, erect plant habit.... read more


On Nov 10, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Developed by the USDA at Clemson University in South Carolina. It is advertised to be straight to slightly curved because it is a Cayenne, (but much hotter) and 4 to 5 inches long and 3/4 inch across. It matures from green to yellow to orange. Plants are 18 inches tall. It is reported to contain 100,000 Scoville heat units, which is more than twice the heat of a typical Cayenne and about 1/3rd of the heat of a Habanero.