Family : Verbenaceae
The Creeping Vitex can occur as a broad, low shrub to around half a metre or more frequently can be found growing as a low ground cover. It has a woody, creeping stem. The attractive foliage is soft, greyish green in colour, round and covered in fine but dense hairs.
The flowers are pale blue to lilac and grow to 15 mm. These are tubular and sweetly scented. Fruits are small (5 mm), globular, contain 4 seeds and blacken when ripe. Both flowers and fruit appear sporadically throughout the year.
This is a hardy plant that grows on the fore dune. It can tolerate salt spray, harsh wind and lots of sun. Vitex also grows well in coastal tropical gardens. They are attractive for insects and crabs use the roots for shelter. Both Vitex species are attractive in the garden setting and are low maintenance.
|Coastal Zone||Fore Dune|
|Fauna Habitat||Bees, Crustaceans and Insects|
|Amount of Sun||Full Sun|
|Amount of Water||Dry Areas to Moderately Wet Areas|
|Salt Tolerance||Extremely Tolerant|
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