Anamu (Petiveria alliacea)

Regular price $16.95

Live Anamu Herb Plant 

Ships ready-to-plant in 4" coconut coir pot

Anamu, also commonly known as Guinea Henweed or Garlic Weed is a perennial herb native to the tropical western world, primarily Puerto Rico, Florida, and throughout Central and South America. Anamu is a deep rooted shrub that sports simple, deep green alternate leaves, and grows up to 4ft tall. 

The roots and leaves of the plant are described as having a strong garlic taste and aroma. It generally flowers in winter but can be harvested year round.  Anamu is easy to grow and thrives in disturbed areas, coastal flood plain areas. It is a member of the Pigeon Berry family of plants. 

Anamu has a well documented ethonobotanical legacy in the Caribbean. In Puerto Rico and surrounding areas, it was used as a form of traditional medicine by both the native populations, the imported slave population, and the European colonizers. Even to this day, Anamu is still widely used in local folk medicine in Mexico. For medicinal use, the whole herb is generally used to make teas, extracts, and tinctures. Anamu can  be consumed raw, whether dried or fresh. It is purportedly used to treat all types of ailments and issues, including use as an anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, an antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral, and to enhance the immune system. Current research suggests that Anamu may have further use as a herb for the regulation of blood sugar levels, making it a plant of interest for the treatment of diabetes (alongside another plant Sow Exotic offers, the Insulin Plant Costus igneus)

Can I pick up my order at the nursery? 
Use code LOCALPICKUP at checkout and schedule your pickup date/time HERE. If the appointment is confirmed, you're good to go.  If it is denied, we will ask you to reschedule and provide an alternative day/time.  There are no same day pickups.  

Order Processing & Shipping Schedule
Orders are processed and shipped at the beginning of each week via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  Average order processing time before shipment ranges from 1-14 days.  During the Spring and Summer, processing/shipping can take up to 4 weeks.

Tracking information
A confirmation email with tracking information will be sent immediately upon shipment. You can track the progress of your order online anytime by logging in to your account. Delivery confirmation will be emailed when your plants have reached their destination, so you never miss a beat!

Shipping Cost
Shipping will be calculated at checkout and varies based on order weight and your distance from the nursery.  Shipping is combined for multiple plants. The more you grow, the more you save!

Shipping to Hawaii & Puerto Rico
Sow Exotic now ships almost all of our fruiting and medicinal plants to Hawaii and Puerto Rico!  Plants will ship bare root every Monday through Wednesday via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  No heat packs necessary. Due to USDA restrictions, here's the list of plants that don't make the cut:
Can't ship to Puerto Rico: Coffee, Palm, Banana
Can't ship to Hawaii: Pineapple, Palm, Papaya, Coffee, Banana, Passionfruit
All the other cool stuff: good to go! 🌈 🌿📦📪 

For more frequently asked questions visit our FAQ's page.

Weather Holds
Orders placed in colder climate zones during the winter months will automatically be placed on hold until Spring or when temperatures in your area are above freezing on the expected date of delivery.  

Heat Packs
Heat packs can be purchased separately to avoid cold weather delays.
If you live in a colder climate and do not want to wait until Spring to get your new plants, we recommend adding a heat pack to your order. Your plants will ship as scheduled and arrive safely, with no risk of freezing on the way to your front door.

Plant Care

Plant Type: Perennial Herb, Shrub

Harvest Season: Year-round

Soil & Moisture: Moist, rich, well-draining soil. Love's moisture, but is also drought tolerant once established..

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade, Deep Shade


Climate Zones: USDA plant hardiness Zones 9+  

Patio Planting Zones: 4+

All of our tropical fruiting plants can be grown in small or large containers in northern zones or planted outside in warmer climates.

Additional Resources

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, About Herbs Database: Anamu

Raintree Tropical Plant Database: Anamu

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