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botanical name:
Vitex agnus-castus var. latifolia
Vitex agnus-castus var. latifolia © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Chaste tree
family:  Verbenaceae
characteristics: shrub, scented/aromatic
height: 3.00m
width: 2.50m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: violet
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -6°C
USDA zone: 9 to 10
description:
Vigorous form of this large shrub for Open habit and divided, dark green leaves with broader leaflets than the species. 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.

cultivation:
Full sun and well drained soil. Needs a mild location or sheltered position, such as in front of a sunny wall. Tolerant of salty, sea winds.

usage:
The seeds have been used as a pepper substitute and the leaves as a spice and medicinally. Branches are used for basket making.
Flowers are attractive to bees.

other notes:
From Southern Europe.

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