Vitex agnus-castus

Chaste-tree

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Description

Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) blooms throughout the Chicago Botanic Garden from July through October. Similar to butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii) in the Chicago area, chaste tree is considered a dieback shrub. During winter, stems die to the ground, but the roots survive and produce new growth the following spring. Chaste tree is butterfly-friendly, with fragrant blue spikes against greyish-green leaves, and it is best planted in spring, in full sun and well-drained soil.

Soil
Moderate
Plant Shape
Upright
Exposure
Full Sun
Bloom Time
July - August, September - October
Bloom Color
Blue, Lavender
Landscape Use
Screen/Hedge, Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Shrub
Hardiness Zone
5 - 9