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Scientific Name: Vitex rotundifolia

Hawaiian Name: Hinahina, pohinahina, kolokolo, kahakai

The edible leaves were used to treat stomach aches and head aches.  This is a very common landscaping plant due to it’s pretty purple flowers and sage like fragrance. On beaches it is planted in the sand to prevent erosion.  An interesting note is that this plant has become an invasive species on the eastern Coast of US.



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  1. Does this plant have a thick wood-like stem? I salvaged a similar plant when a neighbor moved and left it behind, and I have searched and searched to find out what it is. Presently, I have 3 stems of these small bell-like flower but mine are pink.

    Posted by Nancy Schmitt | April 4, 2013, 6:37 pm

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