Hippocrates--the father of modern medicine--first mentioned Vitex in 450 BCE. Since then, traditional herbalists have recommended the herb for ailments including fevers and headaches, to dispel wind, and to promote urination. Most commonly, though, Vitex was used in the treatment of 'female problems,' and the herb's popularity as a remedy of this kind has continued to grow with time. It is also called the 'Women's Herb.'
Hardiness: Zones 6 to 10. In cooler regions grow as a patio plant outside in the summer and indoors in the winter.
Height: 4 ft.
Spread: 4 ft.
Type: Deciduous shrub.
Annual Growth Rate: More than 18 inches.
Comments: In warm climates this plant will form a large shrub or small tree, but where winters are cold it will die back to the ground. The foliage is grayish-green and the flowers are purple.