Kava Kava
Piper methysticum

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

Category:

Herbs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

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

Gainesville, Florida

Loxahatchee, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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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.