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Vitex agnus-castus ‘Montrose Purple’ (Monk’s Pepper)

Vitex agnus-castus 'Montrose Purple'
Montrose Purple Chaste Tree, Montrose Purple Vitex, Montrose Purple Monk's Pepper, Montrose Purple Lilac Chaste Tree

Originating in southern Europe and Asia, this long-lived and slow-growing tree has proven to be well adapted to our deserts. The large palmate green leaves have a spicy fragrance, and drop in the fall. Large terminal spikes of indigo flowers set 'Montrose Purple' apart from variable seedlings. These fragrant flowers attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds during the summer months. After blooming, narrow spikes of round, dark brown seeds are produced. Plant in full sun and provide moderate summer irrigation.

Plant Type Tree
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Water Needs Average
Hardiness Zone Zone 6 (-10° F)
Flower Color Purple
Flower Season Summer
Growth Rate Moderate
Height 25 (ft)
Spread 25 (ft)
Spacing 5' - 6' (ft)
Characteristics Dwarf, Fragrant, Great Foliage, Showy
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Pollinators, Wildlife
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Specimen
Tolerance Clay Soil, Cold, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Rabbit, Rocky Soil, Salt
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
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Image by: MSWN
Image by: MSWN

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