Phoneography – Now Blooming In My Corner of North Georgia (Another Installment): Chaste Tree

Just when we thought everything had finished blooming or had been drowned out by the never ending rain, my parents’ chaste tree began to bloom.  Native to southern Europe, Asia and Africa, the chaste tree has showy blue flower spikes that attract butterflies to the garden. Legend has it that  medieval monks found that chewing its leaves helped them maintain their vows of celibacy.  Ironically, the leaves and berries also have been used for over 2500 years to treat gynecological symptoms.

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  1. Lonnie Miller says:

    Beautiful! I planted one this year, and despite its small size, it’s few branches are flowering.

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    1. Thank you. My husband planted this one for my parents. My dad has a habit of pruning it to the ground :), but we finally convinced him to leave it alone, and it is really pretty this year.

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