Friday, June 4, 2010

The Blue-Violet Vitex Tree

Local Master Gardener Carol Henry kindly allowed me to traipse through her garden this morning, and when I first saw these long, finger-like blossoms, I thought this was a butterfly bush. But, it's a small Vitex (or Chaste) tree.

The Chaste berries have quite a history as a folk remedy for treating a variety of medical conditions, including regulation of hormones in women.

Double click the picture for a larger view, and look for more beautiful flowers from Carol's garden right here this summer!


Kate said...

I've missed some of your fine photos the past couple days, and I love the flowers on Tuesday and Wednesday. This post is wonderfully interesting also. Am anxious to see more blooms!

Lois said...

I love the color!