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common name: Chaste tree, Agnus-castus
moist soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -6°C
USDA zone: 9 to 10
Large shrub for mild locations, but tolerant of salty, sea winds. Open habit with erect stems of dark green leaves. New shoots and the undersides of the divided leaves are covered with velvety grey hairs. Long spikes of small, tubular violet-blue flowers produced at the branch tips in early autumn. Flowers are fragrant and the foliage is strongly aromatic when crushed.
Full sun and well drained soil. Needs a sheltered position, such as in front of a sunny wall, in cold areas.
The seeds have been used as a pepper substitute and the leaves as a spice and medicinal herb. Used to treat premenstrual syndrome and menopusl problems.
Branches are used for basket making.
Flowers are attractive to bees.
From Southern Europe.