Chilli Plant Descriptions

Listed here are some of the varieties that we often sell as seeds, seedlings or as pot plants. Our pot-plant and seedling selection can be seen here.

We also have a 'Which Chilli Plant' graphic guide to help choose the best seed or plant for your needs.


Heat level: Hot

Apache is an F1 hybrid – which means it has been bred for qualities such as: reliable yield and good vigour. They are very productive chilli plants with a long growing season.They usually start fruiting in June/July and continue through to December.The fruits are 1-2 cms long and dry well either on the plant or after harvest.The chilli fruits are hot (around 70,000 – 80,000 Scoville Heat Units) - you only need one or two in any dish.


Bhut Jolokia (also known as Ghost or Naga)

Heat level: Extremely Hot

This was the first chilli to record a heat level of over 1 million Scoville Heat Units (SHU), this chilli should be handled with care, literally !! This chilli held the world record for hottest chilli in the World between 2007 and 2011. Every year there are new rivals for title of world's hottest, such as the Trinidad Scorpion and Carolina Reaper.
All of the super-hot (Extreme) chillies can be tricky to germinate and are slower to produce ripe fruits. The fruits usually ripen from August and if you can get past the heat, have a fruity flavour; they are frequently used in Caribbean cooking.

Black Pearl

Heat level: Hot

This is a very attractive chilli plant with striking black foliage. It produces small hot chillies which turn from a shiny black to red.

Basket of Fire

Heat level: Hot

Semi-trailing plant good for patio pots and hanging baskets.


Carolina Reaper

This chilli is from the USA and is cross between a  Bhut Jolokia and a Red Habanero. In 2012, it recorded a massive 2.2 million on the Scoville Heat Unit scale and still held the record in 2017. Heat Level: around 2,000,000 Scoville Units


Heat level: Medium

Cayenetta was bred in the UK to be a compact plant with good garden performance.These plants are ideal for containers. They produce fruits which are 7.5cm long, green maturing to bright red. The fruits are tapered and bayonet shaped with a medium heat.

Chilly Chilli

Heat level: Heatless

One of the few heatless varieties that we grow here at the chilli farm; these are good if you want something “child-safe” and “pet-safe”. The fruits are about 5cm long and ripen to orange, then dark red. They add a colourful touch to a salad.

Chocolate Habanero

This is a stunning scotch bonnet / habanero type originating from Jamaica. Similar in appearance to other Habanero chillies but chocolate brown in colour. The bushes grow large with strong woody stems. Sometimes difficult to germinate, but well worth the effort.

Heat Level: up to 600,000 Scoville Heat Units.

Cuban Black

Heat level: Hot

Small hot fruits on attractive purple/green foliage. Fruits ripen purple to dark red.


Demon Red
Heat level: Hot

This small hot chilli plant has been bred for growing in containers indoors or outdoors in pots - on the windowsill or patio. Height approx 35cm. Very prolific fruiter with upward facing 4cm long fruits. Used a lot in Thai cooking. RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Ear Bob

Heat level: Medium

Unusual shaped fruits a little like pointy cherries, ripening pointy yellow to bright red. 


Explosive Ember

Heat level: Hot  

A beautiful chilli pepper. With its dark purple leaves and purple peppers. The 2.5 cm long fruits change colour during ripening from dark purple to orange and end up bright red. An eye catcher for every garden. Its compact size (25-35 cm) makes it very suitable for pots. Heat level: 30,000 – 40,000 SHU.


Fatalli Habanero

Heat level: Very Hot

Fatalli originate in the Central African Republic. They are seriously hot but not really “Fatally Hot” as their name suggests! They have a fresh fruity flavor, if you can get through the heat! Heat level: 350,000 Scoville Heat Units


A very attractive and neat plant with cone-shaped fruit in a rainbow of colours from purple, through yellow and orange, to red. Very hot fruits on a 40cm-high, bushy plant. Fruits can be chopped finely and added to cooking.

Harvest: Pick when fruits ripens to red - about 80 days from potting-on.

Heat level: Hot - 30,000 - 50,000 Scoville Heat Units.

Little Elf

Small, dark green leaves are the backdrop for masses of peppers that begin as yellow tinged with purple, then turn orange and finally red. The tiny fruit is no bigger than 1/2 to 3/4 inch long and appears in clusters, with all colors on the plant at the same time. Plants grow no bigger than 16 inches tall so they are great for borders as well as container growing.

Heat Level: 20,000 – 30,000 Scoville Heat Units


Heat level: Hot

A compact hybrid plant producing  lots of hot 2.5cm oval fruits that ripen purple to bright red. The chillies appear above the foliage making  it  an attractive hanging basket plant, pot plant or container plant. Heat level 24,000 SHU

Mini Meanie

Heat level: Very Hot

Prolific fruiting with small fruity Habanero style chillies on a lovely compact bush.



Heat level: Heatless

This is a compact, spreading plant that produces orange bell peppers. Looks a little like habanero fruits but with no heat.

Orange Habanero

This is the most commonly grown Habanero and one of the easiest to grow. This is probably the most prolific habanero variety we have grown.

The fruits are a wonderful orange colour, very hot and fruity.

Heat level: up to 350,000 Scoville Heat Units.


Peruvian Purple

Heat level: Hot

This is a Piquin-type chilli, which produces 2-2½cm (¾-1in) long by 1-1¼cm (⅓-½in) wide purple pods which grow in upright in clusters on the plant. The pods ripen to red. Heat level: 1,000 - 50,000 SHU

Pretty Purple

Heat Level: Medium

A pretty, edible ornamental with 2 cm round, ball/teardrop fruits. The fruits are medium heat and ripen from purple to red.

Good for growing in pots to about 50-60 cm high with plenty of fruit. The leaves may also have purple tinges.


Purple Princess

Heat level: Hot

This is a very attractive chilli plant that produces an abundance of small hot chillies. It is a compact plant with greeny-violet leaves that produces dark green fruits which grow pointing upwards and ripen to a reddy-violet. Hot chillies - only one or two needed in any dish. Ideal as a pot plant for indoors. The fruits are early ripening.

Purple Tiger

Heat Level: Mild/Medium

A distinctive chilli plant with gorgeous tricolour foliage, purple, green and white.Pot size restricts growth so this is ideal on a sheltered patio or makes a great pot plant for a border with a long season of interest. It has teardrop shaped fruits that mature from purple to tricolour to red with the final result of medium hot, distinctively flavoured chillies.

Heat level: 6,000 - 9,000SHU

Red Habanero

This bright-red Habanero plant produces large fruits up to 5cm long.

The fruits are very hot. Heat level: up to 350,000 Scoville Heat Units.

Royal Black

Heat level: Hot

This chilli has dark purple foliage and stems, almost black with an occasional variegated growing tip of green, purple, and creamy white. It produces bullet shaped hot purple/black fruits. Heat Level: 5,000 – 30,000 Scoville Units. 

Thai Hot

Very Hot variety originally from Thailand. Plants become covered with 1-1/2 inch long peppers that are green at first but ripen to red. Both colors appear on the plant at the same time making this variety ornamental as well as edible. Thin fleshed peppers are used especially in Oriental dishes.

Heat Level: upto 100,000 SHU


Trinidad Scorpion

Heat level: Extremely Hot

As the name might suggest, this chilli has a powerful sting! This chilli to joined the Bhut Jolokia by recording a heat level at over 1 million Scoville Heat Units (SHU). It is sought after by heat seekers and we have successfully started to grow this chilli in reasonable quantities. Recorded Heat level: 1,400,000 Scoville Heat Units.



Heat level: Hot

This is a beautiful shrub-like bush which can grow up to 1m tall. It is covered with small upright multi-coloured chillies with purple, orange yellow and red all showing at the same time. We use it on our promotional flyers. This is the one of the chillies grown in the 2006 BBC Gardeners World Chilli Trial after their visit to film us in the Autumn of 2005. 



Heat level: Hot

Another compact upright variety, these chillies are rounder and fatter than the traditional Thai chillies and have a slightly sweeter flavour when ripe. They are small plants but they produce a good spread of small green chillies that will ripen to red in late summer. Volcano has a spectacular-looking eruption of bright red chillies, held upright in distinct bunches like volcano craters. The chillies are hot at around 65,000 Scoville Heat Units.