Piper aduncum

2014

Piper aduncum

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Nativity:

South America

Growth Habit:

This peppercorn relative forms a large shrub/small tree. In summer the white “rat tail” inflorescences are eyecatching.

Growing Requirements:

While native to the tropics and subtropics, this evergreen shrub is quite drought tolerant. It thrives in full to partial sun.

Features:

There are many indigenous names for this plant, but “matico” is widely used in South America where it is used medicinally as a styptic or anti-hemorrhagic remedy.

Where at Lotusland:

At the edge of the cycad garden nearest the tropical garden.

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