Photos of Vitex agnus-castus, Chaste tree, Chastetree, Chasteberry, Chaste berry, Monk's pepper.

Vitex agnus-castus, Chasteberry, like the rest of the 250 species of Vitex, long-placed in the verbena family (Verbenaceae), now in a genetic surprise twist are placed in the mint family (Lamiaceae)! In medieval Europe chasteberry was a symbol of chastity. Branches were strewn at the feet of novices as they entered a monastery or convent. Research has focused on the use of seed extracts for regulating excessive menstrual bleeding or too frequent menstruation.

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