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Vitex agnus-castus

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An unusual, deciduous shrub native to parts of Europe, particularly the Mediterranean region, with aromatic green leaves and fragrant, slender, violet flower panicles in late summer or early autumn. The flower spikes of Vitex agnus-castus are a little similar in appearance to those of Buddleja (Butterfly Bush) and popular with insects. A tasteful, late flowering shrub for a sunny garden!

Supplied Size: 3L containers (25 - 40 cm tall)

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Vitex agnus-castus | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Vitex agnus-castus | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Warm in full sun.
Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
Hardiness: Reasonably hardy. Vitex agnus-castus requires a hot, sunny position to ripen the new growth in the summer and produce most flower spikes.
Flowering Period: August - October
Rate of Growth: Slow to moderate.
Habit: In the UK Vitex agnus-castus will generally grow to be a medium sized, rounded shrub.
Height: up to 2.5 m (8 ft).
Spread: 2.5 m (8 ft).

Notes: To encourage flowering, prune out the old, flowering shoots in early Spring.

Plant Finder: about Vitex agnus-castus

Common names

Chaste tree, Monk's pepper tree


Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste tree). This species produces very long-lasting flowering sprays of fragrant, lavender and purple flowers. The bark and leaves are also aromatic when crushed or merely brushed against. The leaves usually do not appear until June, but by mid summer it will be in full bloom and will continue to provide flowers for some time


They are moderately to marginally frost hardy, and will adapt to most soils, but will grow well in fertile soil with good drainage and plenty of summer moisture. Give them a sheltered spot with full sun. You can propagate from seeds in the autumn or spring or cuttings summer.

Interest and use

Ornamental, fragrance, border, foliage

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Vitex agnus-castus | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilLight, Medium, Poor quality
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

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