HBC II's is short for Gurney's Hybrid Big Chile II. The seeds were released briefly, maybe for two years, about ten years ago and then discontinued and replaced in its lineup with the Sahuaro (sp). I bought a packet and never used them until last year when I started three seedlings, one of which produced peppers almost a foot long.
This year's HBC II's are the second generation. So far, they haven't achieved the same length, but they are a long-season pepper and have a ways to go still. So far, the longest is 10". Following are photos:
They did not die in yesterday's 26 degree temperatures, when I lost five out of nine beds. The ten-day forecast is looking good, BTW, and I might get two more weeks