Tilo (Justicia pectoralis)

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Tilo is a trailing or climbing perennial herb native to tropical regions of South America and the Caribbean. Tilo is cultivated for it's foliage, which are often brewed as a relaxing tea and general medicinal tonic in South America and Cuba. Tilo's dark green leaves and stems contain Coumarin, an anticoagulant. Violet-colored flowers are tiny and delicate and have a light vanilla fragrance. 

Tilo is also commonly known as Water Willow.  It thrives in moist soil conditions in partial to deep shade. It makes a very beautiful ground cover. 

Plant Type
Perennial Herb

Harvest Season

Mature Size
Up to 3 ft.

Soil & Moisture
Likes rich and moist soil, does well in poor and good drainage.

Light Requirements
Part Shade, Shade


Growth Rate

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection ; Patio/Greenhouse 4+


How to Grow Tilo

Plant Type: Perennial Herb

Harvest Season: Year-round

Mature Size: 1-3 ft.

Soil & Moisture: Likes rich and moist soil, does well in poor and good drainage. 

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade, Deep Shade.

Zone Hardiness: 9-11

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