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Anamu (Petiveria alliacea)

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Anamu, also commonly known as Guinea Henweed or Garlic Weed is a perennial herb native to the tropical and subtropical western world, primarily Puerto Rico, Florida, and throughout Central and South America. It is a member of the Pigeon Berry (Verbena) family of plants. 

Anamu is a deep rooted shrub that sports beautiful, deep green alternate leaves. The roots and leaves have a strong garlic taste and aroma. It produces long flower spikes in winter but leaves can be harvested year round.  Anamu is easy to grow in a variety of locals and even thrives in disturbed areas and coastal flood plain areas.

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.

Plant Type
Perennial Tropical/Subtropical Evergreen Herb, Shrub

Harvest Season
Year-round

Mature Size
Up to 4 ft tall and wide

Soil & Moisture
Anamu is native to tropical rainforests and lobes moist, rich, well-draining soil. Loves moisture and humidity, but is also drought tolerant once established and grows amazingly in subtropical climates as well as in containers.

Light Requirements
Part Shade, Shade

Self-Fertile
Yes

Growth Rate
Medium

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+
Can be grown as an annual in colder climates or over-wintered indoors.

Propagation
Grown from seed or cutting and mature enough to harvest within 1-2 growing seasons.

Small: 2" Peat Pots
Medium: 4" Coconut Coir Pot
Large: 6" Peat Pot
X-Large: 8-10" Pot 
Citrus: 4x14" Pot

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The whole herb is generally used to make teas, extracts, and tinctures and may be consumed raw, whether dried or fresh. It is purportedly used 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.

Additional resources: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, About Herbs Database or Raintree Tropical Plant Database

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