Piper aduncum


Piper aduncum

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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.


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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