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Capsicum annuum longum group 'Apache'

Chilli pepper

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Plant type


Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (294090)

Plant details

Chilli peppers are grown for their fiery heat. This is caused by the alkaloid capsaicin, which is measure in Scoville Units. Most chilli peppers, even though they seem to have a hot bite, are only about 600 units, compared to 'Habanero' which has an astonishing 200,000 units. They are grown in the same way as sweet peppers but the fruit can be picked at any stage, when the colour is green or red. 'Apache' has lots of medium, hot fruit which are produced on dwarf plants that are perfect for a patio pot.

Family: Solanaceae

Genus: Capsicum

Species: annuum longum group

Cultivar: Apache

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 45cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

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