BOTANICAL NAME Vitex agnus-castus
DESCRIPTION: Extremely handsome landscape plant. Appearance much like butterfly bush, with blue-violet spikes. Berries are used for adrenal exhaustion, PMS, migraines, and women's life transitions. Handsome leaves and dark berries make it welcome in the landscape all year. Also known as "monk's pepper" because the spicy berries were used by medieval monks to quell passion in men (but the opposite in women!).
GROW BIOINTENSIVEŽ CULTURAL INFORMATION: Zones 6-9/Height 12'/Matures 4 yrs
WHEN TO PLANT : Spring with treatment, Summer/Fall without
GERMINATION DAYS: 60 cold, scarify
SEEDS PER PACKET: 40 seeds
SOURCE CODE: C
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS: Start in pots for first year, then transplant. Some seeds will sprout with no treatment, but many more will sprout with ONE of the following treatments: very lightly rub one or two strokes between sheets of fine sandpaper, stratify in the fridge for 60 days (see info sheet) OR leave outdoors all winter in pots. Tolerates partial (not dense) shade.