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Beach Vitex

Scientific Name

Vitex rotundifolia L. f. (ITIS)

Common Name

Beach vitex, chasteberry, roundleaf chastetree, Monk’s pepper

Native To
Date of U.S. Introduction

1989-1990 (Olsen and Bell 2005)

Means of Introduction

Introduced for erosion control (Olsen and Bell 2005)


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

Beach vitex
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Beach vitex infestation, plants stripped of runner and fruit by major winter storm


Photo by Randy Westbrooks; Invasive Plant Control, Inc.

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Selected Resources

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