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Piper methysticum

Family: Piperaceae
Genus: Piper (PIP-er) (Info)
Species: methysticum (meth-IS-tick-um) (Info)

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USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
By simple layering
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mogrow On Nov 16, 2006, mogrow from Richmond, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is one of the "canoe plants" that Polynesian people took with them throughout the Pacific, where it is still cultivated (and occasionally naturalized) and used as a soothing drink. Many varieties are grown, typically by replanting sections of branch after the root is harvested. My experience is in Hawai`i, where it thrives. Tried growing some in pots when I moved to Virginia, but it just isn't happy here. Upright, leggy stalks have heart-shaped leaves, and vary from green to spotted, to purple and black.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gainesville, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Sarasota, Florida

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