Vitex agnus-castus L.

Chastetree, Monk's Pepper, Mexican Lavender

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Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Vitex

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 6 to 10

Size: 10 to 20' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade

Description: 

Deciduous shrub or small tree. Palmately compound leaves with 5 to 7 leaflets, grey-green and aromatic. Flowers very similar to butterfly bush, purple, in panicles in summer. Well-drained soil.

Cultivars: 

'Fletcher Pink' - pink flowers

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History: 

Published in Sp. Pl. 2: 638 in 1753.

Native to North Africa, the Middle East and Southern Europe.

Mentioned in the works of Hippocrates, Dioscorides and Theophrast as a medicinal plant, for injuries, inflammation and hemorrages among other ailments.

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