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Red Savina Chilli Pepper

Capsicum chinense 'Red Savina'

Also known as

Bonnet Pepper, Datil Pepper, Habanero Pepper, Piri-Piri Pepper, Squash Pepper

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Fruit is harvested when ripe, deep red in colour.

Red Savina Chilli Pepper Overview

Red Savina is a cultivar of the habenero chilli, it was selectivly breed to produce hotter, larger and heavier fruit by a breeder in California. The Red Savina held the record for being the hottest chilli from 1994 until 2006, when it was replaced by the Naga Jolokia pepper.

Common problems with Red Savina Chilli Pepper

Susceptible to powdery mildew. Provide good airflow through leaves to prevent dieases.

Red Savina Chilli Pepper Companion Plants

Peas And Beans and good companions, both of these vegetables fix nitrogen in the soil, cover bare ground to control weeds, and enhance the flavor of peppers. Alliums are good; cultivating onions, chives or leeks around the perimeter of your pepper patch enhances flavor and helps deter aphids and other garden insect pests. Chives are a perennial plant, so planting once will provide flavorful chives year after year. Chives also attract bees and butterflies to the garden. Basil repels aphids, ants, mites, slugs, flies, certain beetles, and a host of other garden pests. Peppers and tomatoes are “good neighbors” as tomatoes help keep the soil free of harmful soil nematodes and ward off beetles. In addition to adding a splash of brilliant color to the garden, marigolds, nasturtiums, and petunias help deter beetles, aphids, whiteflies, squash bugs, and other common garden pests.

How to propagate Red Savina Chilli Pepper


Sow seed in late winter after last frosts outside. Or germinate indoors and replant outside when warmer. Germination is slow - be patient.

Special features of Red Savina Chilli Pepper

Pot plant

Can be grown in pots, provide good drainage.

Other uses of Red Savina Chilli Pepper


Fruits are edible, but very hot.