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CAPSICUM annuum 'Holy Mole'

Image of Capsicum annuum 'Holy Mole' (Longum Group)

James H. Schutte



Botanical Name

CAPSICUM annuum 'Holy Mole'( Longum Group)

Plant Common Name

Chile Negro, Holy Mole Chile, Poblano Pepper

General Description

Developed with molé sauce in mind, this 2007 All-America Selections Winner bears quantities of mildly spicy, chocolate-colored peppers on tall, vigorous, disease-resistant plants.

First cultivated and selected by Native Americans thousands of years ago, peppers are bushy, brittle-stemmed annual vegetables with thin oval leaves and small five-petaled flowers. The dull-white blooms of 'Holy Mole' are followed by long, slender, 8-inch (20-cm) fruits with thin, tangy-flavored flesh that ripens from dark green to chocolate-purple. The hollow, chambered interior of each fruit is divided by spongy ribbing that holds many small, flattened, rounded seeds, which are spicier than its flesh. Fruits may be harvested green or allowed to mature to full color and flavor.

Full sun, warmth, ample spacing, and fertile well-drained soil are required for peppers to grow and produce well. Harvest of fully ripe 'Holy Mole' peppers begins about 95 days after seedlings are planted out, but peppers can be harvested green about 10 days earlier. Slice freshly picked fruits into salads, sauces or stews, or dry them for later use. Harvest continues until hard frost, or into winter in frost-free conditions. Vascular wilts and fungal diseases can be a problem in subpar conditions, but this F1 hybrid is resistant to Potato virus Y and Tobacco Mosaic Virus Strains 0, 1 and 2.

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. Harvest ripe fruit daily to encourage new blossoms to form.

Hot peppers get their heat from the compound capsaicin – the higher its concentration, the hotter the pepper. Capsaicin concentration is measured and expressed in Scoville units. The Scoville rating of 'Holy Mole' is a mild 700 to 1000 units. For more information about the Scoville Scale see


  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type


  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Mexico, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type


  • Growth Rate


  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Flower Color

    White, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Purple, Dark Green, Chocolate

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green, Black

  • Foliage Color (Winter)


  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Flower Petal Number


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Foliage Texture


  • Foliage Sheen


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Self-Sowing