days to maturity:
plant spacing: 1 plant every 4-12 feet
sunlight requirements: 8-14 hours
look out for: mealy bugs
harvest notes: can be kept small if preferred
Moujean Tea also known as pineapple verbena or Bahama berry, Nashia or Caribbean Thyme is a large bushy shrub indigenous to the Bahamas and very well suited to our subtropical growing climate.
The plant is covered in tiny shiny leaves with a rough texture that emits a delicious aroma when crushed. It has been compared to vanilla, honey, pineapple, and citrus. The leaves and flowers are used to make a tasty, sweet herbal tea or you can use them in cooking like you would thyme, just keep in mind they are more woody than a normal thyme leaf.
Our herbalist, The Garden Jules, says: Moujean tea makes a relaxing and calming tea that can ease the nerves and reduce anxiety. I love to blend the leaves with passionflower leaves and Lippia Alba leaves for a calming and homegrown before bed brew. Because of its strong aroma, moujean tea is a great herb for infused body oil, Hydrosols or even herbal steams to cleanse and scent your home. I mainly work with the fresh leaves when making herbal medicine with it as garbling the dried leaves can be quite a task. Garbling is the separation of the part of the plant you want to store from the part you don’t want, usually meaning separating the leaves from the stems or stalks. Although the leaves do dry fairly quick and easy, I wouldn’t suggest this unless you’re feeling particularly patient.”
Bees go absolutely wild over this plants barely visible white flowers, as to the beloved Atala butterfly. Moujean tea loves humidity and heat! Be warned that Moujean Tea does not tolerate drying out. In fact, once of it’s nick names is “I dry, I die” so consider that your warning! Additionally, it can become a leggy if grown in partial shade, and it can become a giant if not harvested regularly but if pruned the plant can become a very nice, compact plant.
Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns
We ship plant orders every Monday. Due to the nature of shipping plants we only offer expedited shipping for our live plant orders. Our returns & exchanges policy is also quite strict since its hard to control the quality of a plant once it leaves our facility, however we do our very best to make sure that each and every customer is satisfied with their plants. Read more about our policies here.
When you receive your plant its critical to get it out of its box and into the light the day it arrives. It will also want to be removed from its compostable plastic wrapping and given fresh water to drink. Keep in mind, this plant was grown in the tropical humid climate of South Florida, so if it's terribly cold or dry where you are it'll need to be hardened off before planting outdoors. Visit our care instructions page for more thorough info about caring for your new plant friend.
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