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Beach Vitex

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Beach vitex
Beach vitex infestation, plants stripped of runner and fruit by major winter storm - Photo by Randy Westbrooks; Invasive Plant Control, Inc.
Scientific Name: 

Vitex rotundifolia L. f. (ITIS)

Common Name: 

Beach vitex, chasteberry, roundleaf chastetree, Monk’s pepper

Native To: 
Date of U.S. Introduction: 
Means of Introduction: 

Introduced for erosion control (Olsen and Bell 2005)


Crowds out native species and may destroy sea turtle nesting habitat (Cousins et al. 2010)

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Provides state, county, point and GIS data. Maps can be downloaded and shared.


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.


Google. YouTube; North Carolina Sea Grant.

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Beach Vitex.

IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Federal Government
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

State and Local Government

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.

See also: Plant Industry Pest Alerts for more pests

Hilton Head Island Municipal Government (South Carolina).


Mississippi State University. Extension.

Clemson University Cooperative Extension. Home and Garden Information Center.

Mississippi State University. Geosystems Research Institute.

See also: Species Factsheets for more fact sheets

University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.