Vitex agnus-castus
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Vitex agnus-castus

agnus castus

  family lamiaceae 
  genus vitex 

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Genus  Vitex Species  agnus-castus Variety  Cultivar  Common names  chastetree   agnus castus Family  LAMIACEAE Specimen number  S11017 Data source  CrscntBlm;MedPl p149;Frgnt p132;Xeri p301
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  7' - 20' Overall spread  10' - 20'
Sunshine  Various Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 06a-07b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Penngrove Growers Compost  no Size at acquisition  5 gallon Garden location  Front yard Garden notes  Vitex agnus-castus has leaves that are strongly resinous. Agnus castus (also known as chaste tree) can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -10� Fahrenheit. It usually does best in dry soils. This plant is drought tolerant.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes 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  progesterogenic   galactagogue Medicinal parts  Berries Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Vitex agnus-castus has been used in traditional herbal healing as either a progesterogenic or a galactagogue. Traditional medicinal remedies are made from the berries.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  strongly aromatic leaves Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity  Strong Fragrance category  Resinous Dye parts  Dye color 
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  Vitex agnus-castus is thought to originate from Mediterranean.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Vitex agnus-castus is a woody perennial. Agnus castus (locally known in some parts as chaste tree) is deciduous in nature.

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