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PlantFiles: Hot Pepper
Capsicum chinense 'Devil's Tongue'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: chinense (chi-NEN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Devil's Tongue

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2 vendors have this plant for sale.

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 gold

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)


2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Skuttlebum On Sep 26, 2012, Skuttlebum from Uxbridge
Canada wrote:

I grew them for the first time this year...plenty of peppers, and very hot!
Ontario Canada

Positive dbags123 On Feb 13, 2008, dbags123 from Wallingford, CT wrote:

worked for me up here in southern ,CT,,but need to start seedlings early

Neutral Hot4peppers On Apr 27, 2005, Hot4peppers from Sheldon, IA wrote:

I had high hopes for this variety, but it just didn't flourish here in northwest Iowa. Our season is too short I'm sure.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 27, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 3 X 1 1/2 inch Habernero type.


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

Lugoff, South Carolina

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