PLANT OF THE WEEK

VI­TEX AG­NUS-CAS­TUS ‘CHASTE TREE’

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Hot House -

It’s taken a long hot sum­mer to coax this lovely Mediter­ranean shrub to flower at last.

In an­cient times it was con­sid­ered an anaphro­disiac – the op­po­site of an aphro­disiac – hence its com­mon name of the Chaste tree.

It’s not a widely planted shrub but for me its value lies in the lovely dis­play of fra­grant flow­ers which should last well into au­tumn (and its fo­liage is aro­matic too).

Plant in full sun in well-drained soil and pro­tect from cold dry­ing winds.

I’ll prune back those flow­er­ing stems next spring.

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