Anamu (Petiveria alliacea)

Regular price $16.95

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)

Important Shipping Information

Sow Exotic ships nationwide year-round to the United States and Canada with 100% plastic-free biodegradable and compostable shipping materials.  Plants ship ready-to-grow in 4" coconut coir pots or 1-3 gal plantable pots.

Shipping & Handing Cost
Shipping will be calculated at checkout and varies based on your order weight and your distance from the nursery. Shipping is combined for multiple plants. The more you grow, the more you save!  Live locally and want to save on shipping?  See our Local Pickup option below.

Order Processing & Shipping Schedule
Orders are processed at the beginning of each week and ship on Tuesday-Thursday via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  Average order processing time before shipment averages from 1-14 days. 

Shipping Confirmation & Delivery Confirmation 
We will automatically send you a Shipping Confirmation Email with tracking information when your order's shipping label or labels are created and your order is processed.  We will also automatically send you a Delivery Confirmation Email the moment your order is delivered so you know exactly when to go out and collect it!

Tracking Your Order
You can track the progress of your order online and sign up for step-by-step tracking alters via your Order Status Page, USPS Tracking Page, or the Arrive App.

A link to your Order Status page is automatically sent to you in your Order Confirmation email.  You can also track your order via the USPS tracking page (a link to that is sent in your shipping confirmation email).  Another way to track your order status is with the Arrive App, which can be downloaded on your Order Status Page. 

Heat Packs & Cold Weather Holds

Heat Packs
Heat Packs can be purchased separately and are necessary for orders shipping to cold climates under 32 degrees. Visit our Heat Packs page to learn more and purchase your heat pack. 

Weather Holds
If you prefer not to ship your order with a Heat Pack and would like to request a custom winter weather hold until your preferred arrival date, please email  

Local Pickup at the Nursery

Both Nationwide Shipping and Nursery Pickup options are available at checkout. Choose the day/time for your pickup at checkout. We're offering curbside pickup at the nursery entrance. Orders that choose Nursery Pickup but really need Nationwide Shipping will be invoiced upon request for the shipping cost + a $15 fine. Visit our Local Pickup page to learn more.

Shipping to Hawaii & Puerto Rico

Plants ship bare root to Hawaii & Puerto Rico. Due to USDA restrictions, here's the list of plants that don't make the cut. Plants that DO NOT ship to Puerto Rico include: Coffee, Palm, and Banana plants.  Plants that DO NOT ship to Hawaii include: Pineapple, Palm, Papaya, Coffee, Banana, and Passion Fruit plants.

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How to Grow Anamu

Plant Type: Perennial Herb, Shrub

Harvest Season: Year-round

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

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade, Deep Shade

Zone Hardiness: 9+  

Additional Resources

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, About Herbs Database: Anamu

Raintree Tropical Plant Database: Anamu

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