Java Tea (Orthosiphon stamineus)

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Java Tea, also aptly known as Cat's Whiskers because of it's amazing show-stopping flowers, is a perennial medicinal herb native to eastern Asia.  Java Tea is a rare, beautiful evergreen shrub that is full of large unique blooms throughout summer and fall.  

Plant Type:
Perennial Evergreen Herb, Shrub

Can be grown as an annual.

Harvest Season: 

Leaves are the only part used and can be harvested year-round. Blooms late Summer through Fall. 

Mature Size: 
1-3 ft tall and wide 

Soil & Moisture: 
Prefers consistently moist soil; do not let dry out. 

Light Requirements: 
Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade


Growth Rate: 

Zone Hardiness: 
Outdoors 9+ with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+ 

Grown from cutting and capable of harvest within the growing season/one year.

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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Java Tea is well-researched for it's many medicinal uses with rapidly growing commercial interest. Java Tea may have anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, antioxidant, diuretic, antimicrobial, anti-cancer, and analgesic properties. 

It is a close relative of basil and the leaves are widely used in southeast Asia for urinary, kidney, and bladder issues. 

You can use Java Tea fresh, dried, or powdered. 

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