Fatalii Pepper

SKU: 1214-P25

Item Details

The hottest pepper we offer, from the Central African Republic. Habanero-type peppers with delicious citrus flavor and few seeds. Golden-orange 3" long fruits are borne in abundance on sturdy 30" plants. A great choice for pots and can be overwintered inside.

  • 90 days from transplant
  • ±8,200 seeds/oz
  • Conventional
  • Fruits ripen from green to orange
  • Habanero-type with citrus flavor
  • Plants grow to 30 inches
  • Very hot pepper

This variety works for:

  • Fresh eating
  • Roasting
  • Salsa
  • Pickling
  • Drying

This pepper is: EXTREMELY HOT (a little goes a long way)

Wear rubber gloves when processing hot peppers and do not touch your eyes. If you are sensitive to the heat, make sure to wear a mask over your mouth and nose and protect your eyes.

Try adding this pepper to salsa recipes. It has a citrus, spicy flavor that is best enjoyed when the peppers are immature.

You can also try making your own hot sauce with these peppers. Sauté them with olive oil, garlic, onion and salt, and after about 4 minutes add 2 cups of water. Heat the mixture for 20 minutes and then allow it to cool to room temperature before pureeing it in a food processor and adding vinegar.

Growing Instructions

Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼” deep. Peppers germinate best in warm soil, so gentle bottom heat may be helpful until seedlings emerge. Wait to transplant outdoors until soil is warm.

  • Start Indoors: 8 weeks before last frost
  • Germination: 14 Days
  • Plant Outdoors: 12-24” Apart
  • Light: Full Sun

Ratings & Reviews

7 reviews

Don't miss out on this unique and beautiful pepper!


If you like heat and you have not tried fatalii, you are missing out on a uniquely charasmatic hot pepper. Slotting somewhere between ghost and habanero, fataliis bring a citrus-tinged fresh-fruit heat that builds quickly and can be overwhelming even for aficionados. Where fataliis shine for us is in both dried and preserved form. The dried pepper adds extraordinary depth of flavor to dishes that carries through and stands out against other flavors. You can always taste the fatalii, even with other, complex ingredients competing on the palate. For bakers, it plays both savory and sweet equally well. Salt-preserved, this pepper brings irresistible briny heat to eggs, pasta primavera... anything that calls for dosable heat where a lemony, pronounced citrus note harmonizes.

If you are not afraid of a little fire, you should grow this pepper. They are fussy sprouters, like many of their hot cousins, but once they're happy in a sunny spot, they will produce abundantly all growing season.

So good


Beautiful, high producing plant. The pepper is best used dried--it is VERY hot, but adds a wonderful flavor. We try to get every year and add it to many dishes throughout the year.

Quick, sharp heat with a unique citrus flavor


This is an amazing pepper for those who take high heat. Typical heat sits slightly above a standard habanero, but it hits fast and hard. This is a very sharp heat you'll feel mainly on the tongue, and less the slow-building, duller, whole-mouth heat you get with some peppers. But behind that heat is a genuinely unique citrusy flavor that stands out in about any recipe you add it to. I love it in fresh salsa if I'm in the mood to be challenged by the heat, but it's also great in citrusy sauces for things like grilled chicken or seafood, or dried into a uniquely tasting chili powder. Really good in any dish that calls for fruity, citrusy flavors.

The seeds themselves have been great; quick germination for the second year now, and last season's yields were reasonably heavy. I highly recommend this pepper, but only if you enjoy habanero+ level heat.

Super Hot and Tasty Peppers


These are my favorite peppers. I bought one packet and had tons of beautiful peppers. These are super hot and very tasty peppers. You can start them indoors but must move them outside. The plants I had indoors got big but did not produce any peppers even with a special plant light. The plants outside produced tons of peppers. I will buy these seeds again.

Great quality seeds producing an abundance of the best hot peppers


I have been buying these peppers from Seed Saver for 5 years. I use them to make a highly demanded hot sauce. Great heat and wonderful flavor. The percentage germination is very high. They create really resilient plants full of peppers from Fall and consistently more as the season progresses even when the weather gets colder, they continue to produce until killing frost. Highly recommended.

Wouldn’t sprout


Not a single seed sprouted. All other Seed Saver seeds I’ve ordered have been great but couldn’t get a single seedling out of these.

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Slow to sprout and grow - be patient with these.


My first time growing peppers, this year...I decided to try these, but I had about a 60% germination and seedling survival rate overall. They're very slow to sprout, and have been slow to grow overall - I'm not sure if it's just my inexperience, but from what I've read they're a slow grower overall.