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PlantFiles: Hot Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Tarahumara Chiltepin'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Tarahumara Chiltepin

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.

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)


2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Ray152 On Jun 10, 2012, Ray152 from Houston, TX wrote:

I live in Houston, my wife was telling our Mexican gardener to tidy up our front yard. He told her that we had a chiltepin plant, but she told them to remove it, when I found out I told them to try potting it again, so I hope it can be saved. I made a soup tonight and used 10 of the chilis and they were fantastic. The plant is about 3 foot high and is loaded with chillis.

Positive GatoGordo On Jun 7, 2009, GatoGordo from Sierra Vista, AZ wrote:

Yes this pepper is very hot, but it has a very strong sweet chili flavor so you use it sparingly. As for cultivation: I know it to be cold hardy to at least 20 f. I have had the best luck with this plant when I do not prune it back until new growth appears in the spring. Some of my plants are over 8 years old! They die back in the late fall and start producing in mid July. The birds love them as much as I do and leave me with a few new volunteer plants ever year.

Neutral Farmerdill On Dec 20, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1/4 inch diameter pepper.


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

Sierra Vista, Arizona
Gautier, Mississippi
Mineola, New York
Garwood, Texas
Houston, Texas
Marshall, Texas

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