Vitex agnus-castus

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Scientific Name Vitex agnus-castus USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Lilac Chastetree ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Lamiaceae (Mint) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Widespread in southern and coastal US; sunny locations, limestone outcrops and dry creek beds throughout Central Texas.
Plant: Shrub growing from 8 to 10 feet tall, 2 to 8 feet wide.
Leaves: Aromatic, compound, palmate, grayish-green leaves with 5-7 lanceolate leaflets, each leaflet to 1 to 4 inches long; smooth above, small white hairs underneath.
Inflorescence: Lilac or deep violet flowers clustered in dense spikes 4 to 8 inches long, bell-shaped, less than 1/2-inch across; protruding stamens.
Fruit: Forming from the top of the inflorence spike; round, green, turning brown, 1/8-inch diameter.
Reference: Various.
Texas Status

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