Hot Pepper 'Hot Paper Lantern'

Capsicum chinense

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: chinense (chi-NEN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Hot Paper Lantern
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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:

Medium (4" to 6" 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:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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:

Wheatfield, Indiana

Kansas City, Kansas

Albuquerque, New Mexico

New York City, New York

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 25, 2012, petronius_ii from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

We grew this pepper in our church garden in Albuquerque last year. The summer of 2011 brought us the most hellishly hot, and brutally LONG heat wave I've endured in my 35 years living in this city. To make things worse for our church garden, the drip irrigation system wasn't kept turned on nearly often enough to begin to cope adequately with the heat wave.

The Lipstick sweet peppers couldn't take it. I don't remember seeing a single Lipstick harvested the whole year. By the time things cooled down enough in very late August that it wasn't dropping blossoms, it was too late for it to produce mature peppers.

Meanwhile, Large Thick Cayenne managed to pull itself together enough to produce a moderately respectable harvest, while Hot Paper Lantern, which also suffe... read more


On Dec 3, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 4 x 1 1/4 inch Habanero Type.