Capsicum annum 'Hungarian Hot Wax'

Capsicum annum 'Hungarian Hot Wax'

Chilli pepper

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Capsicum annum 'Hungarian Hot Wax'
  • Common name: Chilli pepper
  • Plant type: Vegetable
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 60cm

Spread: 45cm

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Chilli peppers are grown for their fiery heat. This is caused by the alkaloid capsaicin, which is measured in Scoville Units. Most chilli peppers, even though they seem to have a hot bite, have only about 6000 units, compared to 'Habanero' which has an astonishing 200,000 units. Chillies 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.

Capsicum annum 'Hungarian Hot Wax' is one of the best chillies for growing in the British climate. The fruits are long and pointed, starting green and ripening to red. It's an attractive variety, bearing peppers in shades of yellow, orange and red. Capsicum annum 'Hungarian Hot Wax' is perfect for growing indoors, such as on a sunny windowsill, or outside in a sunny, sheltered spot.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Maintenance: Needs regular watering in pots
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Harmful if ingested

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