Scientific name: Vitex agnus-castus
Large shrub or small flowering tree—16’.
Description and characteristics:
Attracts butterflies and other insects.
The common names 'Monk's Pepper', ‘Chaste Tree’, and ‘Chasteberry’ refers to the medieval belief that utilizing potions made from the berries helped monks maintain their vows of chastity. Vitex, is derived from the Latin vieo
, meaning to weave or to tie up, a reference to the use of Vitex agnus-castus
in basketry. Leaves have a distinctive odor.
An ingredient in herbal remedies for a variety of conditions. It is a little-known fruit plant that has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development, and support sustainable landcare.
May to September
Full sun or partial shade along with well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.