Creeping Vitex

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Vitex rotundifolia

Family : Verbenaceae

The Creeping Vitex can occur as a broad, low shrub to around half a metre or more frequently can be found growing as a low ground cover. It has a woody, creeping stem. The attractive foliage is soft, greyish green in colour, round and covered in fine but dense hairs.

The flowers are pale blue to lilac and grow to 15 mm. These are tubular and sweetly scented. Fruits are small (5 mm), globular, contain 4 seeds and blacken when ripe. Both flowers and fruit appear sporadically throughout the year.

This is a hardy plant that grows on the fore dune. It can tolerate salt spray, harsh wind and lots of sun. Vitex also grows well in coastal tropical gardens. They are attractive for insects and crabs use the roots for shelter. Both Vitex species are attractive in the garden setting and are low maintenance.

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Quick Facts

Flowers All Year
Fruit All Year
Coastal Zone Fore Dune
Fauna Habitat Bees, Crustaceans and Insects
Growth Habit Shrub
Typical Height 0.5m
Soils Most Soils
Amount of Sun Full Sun
Amount of Water Dry Areas to Moderately Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Extremely Tolerant

References

NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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