Vites angus-castus

  • Small sized desert tree with long dark grayish-green colored leaves
  • Grows with a unique multi-trunk structure
  • Blooms with long purple – blue spikes during summer
  • Blooms commonly attract butterflies to landscapes

Although the Vitex is known by many names it is best known for its beautiful spikes of purple blooms is has in the summer months.  The Vitex is prized for not only these unique desert blooms, but also for its natural ability to attract butterflies to one’s landscape. One of the plant’s common names, monk’s pepper, references the use of its seeds as a pepper substitute in monasteries, where it was prized for its intrinsic effects on virility.

The small stature and low maintenance requirements of this tree allow its unique properties to be brought into just about any landscape. The turning, twisting trunks contrast well with the larger, more uniform trees commonly seen in Sonoran landscapes. These trees establish quickly and are well suited for full sun exposure.

Common names:  Lilac Chaste Tree, Hemp Tree, Sage Tree, or Indian Spice.