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Beach Vitex

Beach VitexScientific name: Vitex rotundifolia L. f. (ITIS)

Common names: Beach vitex, chasteberry, roundleaf chastetree, Monk’s pepper

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Native To: Asia (Olsen and Bell 2005)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 1989-1990 (Olsen and Bell 2005)

Means of Introduction: Introduced for erosion control (Olsen and Bell 2005)

Impact: Crowds out native species and may destroy sea turtle nesting habitat (Cousins et al. 2010)

Current U.S. Distribution:



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Council or Task Force

Carolinas Beach Vitex Task Force
Carolinas Beach Vitex Task Force.


Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth - Beach Vitex
Mississippi State University. Geosystems Research Institute.

Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States - Beach vitex
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Global Invasive Species Database - Vitex rotundifolia (shrub)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Invasive Species Compendium - Vitex rotundifolia
CAB International.

Federal Government

U.S. National Plant Germplasm System - Vitex rotundifolia
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

PLANTS Database - Roundleaf Chastetree
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

State Government

Beach Vitex
Hilton Head Island Municipal Government (South Carolina).


Identifying & Managing Beach Vitex
Clemson University Cooperative Extension. Home and Garden Information Center.

Plant Profile: Vitex rotundifolia
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.


Cousins, M.C., J. Briggs, C. Gresham, J. Whetstone, and T. Whitwell. 2010. Beach vitex (Vitex rotundifolia): an invasive coastal species (PDF | 1.1 MB). Invasive Plant Science and Management 3:340–345.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Vitex rotundifolia. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

Olsen, R.T. and A.C. Bell. 2005. History of beach vitex cultivation: a potential invasive ornamental (PDF | 418 KB). In: B.L. James (Ed.), Proceedings of the 50th Annual Southern Nursery Association Research Conference (pp. 531-533). Atlanta, Ga.: Southern Nursery Association.

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Last Modified: Apr 13, 2018
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