Piper methysticum
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Piper methysticum

kava kava

  family piperaceae 
  genus piper 

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Genus  Piper Species  methysticum Variety  Cultivar  Common names  kava kava Family  PIPERACEAE Specimen number  S8695 Data source  DyePl p45;MedPl p119
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The roots of Piper methysticum have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Black is the most typical color produced by Kava kava. Kava has been used in Thailand for dyeing.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  stimulant   tonic   aphrodisiac   urinary antiseptic   analgesic   soporific   narcotic Medicinal parts  Root Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  yes Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Piper methysticum has herbal applications as a stimulant, as a tonic, as an aphrodisiac and as a urinary antiseptic. See the medicinal properties section for even more traditional herbal uses. Kava kava is not to be taken by pregnant women. Only the root is used in herbal preparations.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Roots Dye color  black
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Piper methysticum probably originates from Thailand.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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