Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), packet of 30 seeds, organic

$4.95

Family: Vervain (Verbenaceae)

Hardy to Zone 6 to 9

(Huang-jing-zi, Cut-Leaf Chaste Tree) Native to China.  These are surprisingly hardy (hardier than V. agnus castus) and make a very handsome bush to small tree.  These are considered top nectar producers for bees. The fruits are ground up in traditional medicine (Siddha, Ayurveda) and used as an aromatic spice and for treating digestive and menstrual disorders.  Wound healing, decongestant, monopause.  Prefers full sun and is not picky about soil, also quite drought tolerant.  Space trees 15 feet apart.

Prefers full sun and is not picky about soil, also quite drought tolerant.  These are considered top nectar producers for bees.  Scarify seeds on medium grit sandpaper and sow warm. Seedlings should be grown on until second set of true leaves, then prick out into pots and grow for a year or two before transplanting to the landscape.

50 seeds per packet, Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Question

    Donna

    Is there much medicinal difference between the 2 kinds of Chaste Trees, especially in relation to female issues? Surprisingly difficult to find a good comparison on the internet. Thanks

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Donna,
      Thanks for this thoughtful question. I have reviewed the phytochemistry of both plants and find quite a bit of supporting evidence to lean toward Vitex agnus-castus as a proestrogenic treatment for menopause, PMS and menstrual irregularity. On the other hand Vitex negundo (sanscrit “negundo” = that which protects from disease) is considered more of an antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, etc. Richo

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