Vitex agnus castus

The shrubs called Vitex agnus castus

The garden plants called Vitex agnus castus, are shrubs or small trees, native to the European continent and Asia, belonging to the Verbenaceae family. Vegetables used in phytotherapy, are used for ornamental purposes and are characterized by very aromatic foliage and fragrant flowers. Upright habit and compact stems, are composed of numerous branches. The palmate and lanceolate leaves are green-gray in color. The flowering period of the specimens of Vitex agnus castus begins with the spring season and if cultivated in optimal conditions, it lasts until the arrival of autumn. The small flowers gathered in panicles, depending on the variety, can be colored, blue, light blue, white and pink. Subsequently, the small fruits appear,

Cultivation techniques of Vitex agnus castus plants

The specimens of Vitex agnus castus do not require particular cultural attention. In fact, these shrubs or small trees adapt to any environmental context, any type of soil can be good for cultivation, the important thing is that it is well drained, in order to avoid water stagnation, deleterious for the root system. The ideal exposure is sunny, they also develop in partial shade but the flowering is less abundant. Irrigation is regular in summer, especially for young Vitex agnus castus plants, during the winter the watering must be suspended. They fear drought periods and in order to obtain a luxuriant development, it is advisable, towards the beginning of winter, to administer some floured manure fertilizer, while in spring,

Plant propagation methods of Vitex agnus castus

The seeds of Vitex agnus castus can be planted, both in spring and in autumn, to obtain a good germination it is advisable to practice sowing in warm greenhouses. The new plants can be planted permanently over the next twelve months. Another technique for propagating Vitex agnus castus garden plants is through semi-woody cuttings. The apical tops must be selected and collected in late summer, they must be at least twenty centimeters long. The cut, made obliquely, must be treated with rooting powder. The excess leaves are removed, the cuttings are placed in individual containers filled with well-drained soil, consisting of sand and peat. Sheltered in temperate but shady places, new plants when they emit new leaf buds,

The different varieties of Vitex agnus castus

There are several hybrid varieties and cultivars selected through the crosses of the Vitex agnus castus species. Like the Vitex agnus castus Latifolia which is characterized by the production of large panicle inflorescences of blue and light blue color. Or the so-called hybrid variety of Vitex agnus castus Silver Spire which stands out for its abundant white flowering. Vitex agnus castus Abbeville Blue is used for ornamental purposes for the flowers that appear in late spring in different shades of blue and light blue. Small pink flowers grouped in inflorescences, are produced by the so-called variety of Vitex agnus castus Roseus while more rare to find on the market, is the Vitex agnus castus var. Negundo, suitable for growing in pots, at the beginning of

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