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Ornamental Chili Pepper 'Filus Blue'

Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Filus Blue
Additional cultivar information:(aka Filius Blue)
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 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:

Purple changing to red

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:



Ornamental (not recommended for eating)

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:

Norcross, Georgia

Urbandale, Iowa

Louisville, Kentucky

Carmel, New York

Forest Hills, New York

Wren, Ohio

Houston, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 4, 2007, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Received the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), 2006 Award of Garden Merit.


On Jun 27, 2006, DrDoolotz from Oxford, NS (Zone 5b) wrote:

I am growing this pepper for the first time this year and I like the leaves very much - they are a sort of purplish blue colour and very attractive. That said, it is currently the smallest of my peppers, barely even 6 inches tall. The seed packet says they will grow to 18. Most of my other peppers are taller than this now. I think I will keep this in mind next year if I use it as an ornamental plant so that I can space closer together than I might have done otherwise.


On Nov 5, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

An ornamental 18 inch bush plant with purple foliage specked with white and small upright purple fruits, that eventually ripen to red. The lower peppers on the plant tend to be hotter. 90 days to ripen.