Nirgundi chaste tree (Vitex negundo)

Exposure

Full sun, Zones 6 - 9.

Soil

Well drained loamy soil.

Growth Habits

A deciduous shrub to 10 feet tall and 10 feet spread. Can be kept smaller with annual pruning.

Landscape Uses

Specimen or large foundation plant or shrub borders.  Very ornamental with delightfully aromatic foliage and lavender colored mid-summer flowers.

Usefulness

A veritable medicine cabinet of a plant. The leaves are anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and analgesic and are applied externally for rheumatic conditions, bruises, injuries, sprains, sores, and skin infections. The seeds and leaves contain valuable medicinal compounds are used internally for chronic bronchitis, all emaciating conditions, to improve memory and eyesight, rejuvenate hair, alleviate loss of appetite, and to manage skin diseases and excessive bleeding during menstruation. The young stems are used for basketmaking. The leaves are insecticidal and used to repel insects in grain stores. The fresh leaves are burned with grass to repel mosquitoes.

Pricing Information

$20.00 / 1 gal., $25.00 / 2 gal., $30.00 / 3 gal., $49.00 / 7 gal.