Family : Verbenaceae
Similar to Creeping Vitex in many ways, the Beach Vitex is a sprawling, erect shrub. It can grow to 3 metres in favourable conditions. The foliage has three stalkless leaflets, with the central leaflet being the largest. The leaflets are rounded with a tapered base. These are dull green, smooth and hairy, entirely white on the underside, growing to 9 cm in length.
Flowers are similar in colour to Creeping Vitex, being lilac. They are tubular in appearance with a white throat. These are found in sprays of multiple flowers. Fruits are small and globular, about 0.5 cm in diameter. Fruits ripen to black and contain four seeds.
This hardy shrub commonly occurs on the fore dune. It tolerates salt, harsh wind and sun. It prefers areas of good drainage and is attractive to bees, insects and crabs. It is a useful plant in the garden, especially in screen plantings.
|Coastal Zone||Fore Dune|
|Fauna Habitat||Insects, Bees and Crustaceans|
|Typical Height||0.5m - 3m|
|Amount of Sun||Full Sun|
|Amount of Water||Dry Areas to Moderately Wet Areas|
|Salt Tolerance||Extremely Tolerant|
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