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Vitex trifolia var. purpurea

Common Name:

Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Family:
Lamiaceae (formerly in Verbenaceae)
Geographic Origin:
Middle East
California Native?:
No
Plant Size:
6-8 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Summer
Flower Color:
Violet
Exposure:
Sun or light shade
Soils:
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 20-25 degrees F.
This is an openly branched, somewhat spreading shrub, probably growing 6-8 feet high. It has wonderful velvety leaves, on the same plant both undivided and cut into triplets of 2-3 inch leaflets. These are dark green with a strong purple tinge above, entirely painted in reddish purple beneath. It displays small purple flowers in short clusters at the shoot tips in late summer and fall.