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CAPSICUM annuum 'Chilly Chili'( Longum Group)
Chilly Chili Ornamental Chile, Ornamental Chili Pepper
The slender, showy fruits of 'Chilly Chili' look hot, but their flavor is mild. A 2002 All-America Selections award winner, this ornamental chili pepper is one of numerous members of the Longum group, which encompasses poblanos, serranos, jalapenos, cayenne peppers and various other chilis. These annual vegetables descend from varieties that were grown and selected by Native Americans for thousands of years.
The bushy, compact plants bear small, oval, dark green leaves on stiff brittle stems. Inconspicuous white flowers appear in warm weather, followed by petite, upright, narrowly conical fruits that ripen from greenish-yellow to orange to red. Although 'Chilly Chili' was developed for use as an ornamental, its fruits are edible.
This F1 hybrid grows easily in favorable conditions. Full sun, warmth, ample spacing, and fertile well-drained soil are required for good growth and fruit production. It also works well in containers. Vascular wilts and fungal diseases can be a problem in subpar conditions. Pinch off early flower buds to encourage stronger branching and roots. Heavily fruiting plants may break apart under the weight if not staked for support.
12 - 1
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
8"-14" / 20.3cm - 35.6cm
10"-14" / 25.4cm - 35.6cm
Mexico, Central America, South America
Spring, Summer, Fall
Yellow, Red, Orange, Yellow Green, Ivory, Black
Bedding Plant, Container, Edible, Mixed Border, Tropical
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