Carolina Reaper (f)

fruit of chilli pepper: Carolina Reaper
flower of chilli pepper: Carolina Reaper
plant of chilli pepper: Carolina Reaper
leaf of chilli pepper: Carolina Reaper
speciesCapsicum chinense
varietyCarolina Reaper
heat [SHU]1,500,000 - 2,200,000
average length x diameter [mm]40 x 30
average fruit weight [g]4.5
average plant height x diameter [cm]120 x 60
max. leaf length x width [mm]165 x 105
originUSA, South Carolina


  • length 3-5 cm, diameter: 2-4 cm
  • irregular shape similar to Naga Viper pepper
  • markedly wrinkled fruit with a typical pointed outgrowth resembling the tail of a scorpion


  • rather spacious and spreading bush with a firm crown
  • up to 150 cm tall and 90 cm in diameter
  • larger, oblong, deep green leaves
  • white flowers


  • the seeds germinate in 14 days at 28°C, or even over 4 weeks at lower temperatures
  • the flowers sometimes present with lower percentage of pollination
  • fits among the varieties trickier to cultivate
  • best results in a glass or plastic green-house


  • very hot sauce
  • dried, crushed and ground peppers make for an exclusive spice
  • CAUTION: extreme heat even in trace amounts!


  • 2013: Guiness world record holder for the hottest chilli
  • cross-breed between Sweet Habanero and Naga Viper
  • breeder: Ed Currie from South Carolina, owner of PuckerButt Pepper company (USA)


  • HP22B

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