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Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste Tree) Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) Herb Plant

Vitex agnus is a spreading aromatic shrub native to the Mediterranean. It has violet flower spikes that appear in late summer the shrub can grow up to between 1 to 5 meters in height.  . It will grow in full sun to partial shade in well-drained soil. The tree may survive in cooler Northern climates but may not bear fruit since it needs prolonged summer heat and may require some frost protection.

Herb Usage

The Chaste Tree has long been used in herbal medicine and has many other common names such as Chaste tree, Chasteberry, Abraham's balm, lilac chaste-tree, or monk's pepper.  It common name Chaste Tree  derives from its purported anaphrodisiac quality it is said that Monks used to chew the berries and leaves of this tree to reduce the urges of the flesh! The berries can be dried and used as a substitute for pepper and they are also used in various spice blends in the Middle East. The aromatic leaves can be used as a seasoning and a perfume is made from the flowers. 

Buy 'Chaste Tree' Online

Our potted Vitex 'Chaste Tree' are generally available to buy online between March and September.




Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste Tree) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Free draining soil
Flower Colour Purple
Height 200cm
Spread 200cm
Latin Name Vitex agnus-castus
Hardiness RHS rating H4 - Hardy average winter
Culinary None
Scented Foliage
Medicinal/Cosmetic Herbal medicine
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Autumn
Special Features Architectural
Type of Garden Container/Patio