- Vitex rotundifolia is a perennial shrub with a woody stem that can sprawl more than 60 ft. (18 m) across the ground. Plants are up to 2 ft. (0.6 m) tall. Brittle stems tend to break off in high tide and float off and colonize new areas.
- Leaves are oval, silvery-gray and 1-2 in. (2.5-5 cm) long.
- Flowering occurs throughout the year, when small clusters of violet flowers develop at the ends of the branches.
- Fruit are round, 0.25 in. (0.6 cm) in diameter and dark purplish-black when mature.
- Ecological Threat
- Vitex rotundifolia is native to the Pacific Rim and was introduced into the continental United States in the 1980s as a beach stabilization plant. Plants prefer sandy soils in full sun.
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EDDMapS Distribution - This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts, herbaria, and literature. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
State Invasive List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their invasive species list. For more information, visit Invasive.org
Invasive Listing Sources
- Alabama Invasive Plant Council - Watch list A
- National Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey Target Species - 2006, 2007
- North Carolina Noxious Weeds - Class B
- North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
- South Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council - Severe Threat
- Virginia Invasive Plant Species List
- WeedUS - Database of Plants Invading Natural Areas in the United States
|Common Name Reference:|| USDA, NRCS. 2010. The PLANTS Database. National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA, USA.|
|Scientific Name Reference:||USDA, NRCS. 2010. The PLANTS Database. National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA, USA.|