|beach vitex|| USDA PLANTS Symbol: VIRO80
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Shrub or Subshrub Vines
|Vitex rotundifolia L. f.|
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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Lamiales: Verbenaceae
|Native Range: Asia, Australasia, Pacific (GRIN)|
Beach vitex 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, ¼ in. (0.6 cm) in diameter and dark purplish-black when mature. Beach vitex 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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State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.
|Invasive Listing Sources:|
|Alabama Invasive Plant Council|
|North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.|
|South Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council|
|Virginia Invasive Plant Species List|