Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2509

Shrub
Perennial

Non-native: Mediterranean Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare

Look for it in pastures, woodland edges, suburban woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

 

full sun partial shade ...Variable

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Palmately compound: 5-7 leaflets
Opposite

FLOWER:
Summer
Blue/ Purplish
Bisexual
Slightly bilaterally symmetrical
5-toothed campanulate calyx
2-lipped 5-lobed campanulate corolla
4 stamens
Inflorescence a terminal thyrse

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Utricle

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Vitex agnus-castus   FAMILY Lamiaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vitex agnus-castus +   FAMILY Verbenaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 162-03-001:
Vitex agnus-castus   FAMILY Verbenaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Chaste-tree