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Trinidad Scorpion Hot Pepper

Capsicum chinense 'Trinidad Scorpion'

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Trinidad Scorpion Hot Pepper (Capsicum chinense 'Trinidad Scorpion') at Bast Brothers Garden Center

Trinidad Scorpion Hot Pepper fruit

Trinidad Scorpion Hot Pepper fruit

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Height:  4 feet

Spacing:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Chili Pepper

Group/Class:  Hot Habanero


Uniquely shaped and extremely hot, this variety produces small fruits which emerge green and eventually mature to red when ripe; good performer in containers or gardens; mature fruit is great for pickling, hot sauces and drying for seasonings

Edible Qualities

Trinidad Scorpion Hot Pepper is an annual vegetable plant that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces green oblong peppers (which are technically 'berries') with orange overtones which are typically harvested when mature. The fruit will often fade to red over time. The peppers have a fiery taste and a crisp texture.

The peppers are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Drying
  • Seasoning
  • Sauces

Planting & Growing

Trinidad Scorpion Hot Pepper will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When planted in rows, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. This vegetable plant is an annual, which means that it will grow for one season in your garden and then die after producing a crop.

This plant is typically grown in a designated vegetable garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and it is considered by many to be an heirloom variety. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Trinidad Scorpion Hot Pepper is a good choice for the vegetable garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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Garden  Container 
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