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Kava (Piper methysticum)

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Piper Methysticum, or more commonly know as Kava, is a shrub with green foliage and yellow flowers of the genus Piper. It has a height of 3 feet at maturity. Its duration is perennial which means it will grow year after year. Piper Methysticum or Kava's floral region is Hawaii, specifically in the state of Hawaii.

  • Category: Dicot
  • Genus: Piper
  • Family: Piperaceae
  • Order: Piperales
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Growth Habit: Shrub
  • Native Status: HI (I)
  • After Harvest Regrowth Rate: None
  • Allelopath: No
  • Bloat: None
  • C:N Ratio: High
  • Coppice Potential: No
  • Fall Conspicuous: No
  • Fire Resistance: No
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Flower Conspicuous: No
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Foliage Texture: Coarse
  • Fruit/Seed Conspicuous: No
  • Growth Form: Rhizomatous
  • Height at 20 Years Maximum (feet): 12
  • Height Mature (feet): 3
  • Leaf Retention: No
  • Lifespan: Short
  • Low Growing Grass: No
  • Resprout Ability: No
  • Shape and Orientation: Erect
  • Toxicity: Moderate
  • Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils: No
  • Adapted to Fine Textured Soils: No
  • Adapted to Medium Textured Soils: No
  • Anaerobic Tolerance: Low
  • Cold Stratification Required: No
  • Drought Tolerance: Low
  • Fertility Requirement: High
  • Frost Free Days Minimum: 365
  • Hedge Tolerance: Low
  • Planting Density per Acre Minimum: 320
  • Planting Density per Acre Maximum: 1280
  • Root Depth Minimum (inches): 24
  • Shade Tolerance: Intermediate
  • Temperature Minimum (°F): 40
  • Fruit/Seed Persistence: No
  • Propagated by Bare Root: No
  • Propagated by Bulbs: No
  • Propagated by Container: No
  • Propagated by Corms: No
  • Propagated by Cuttings: Yes
  • Propagated by Seed: Yes
  • Propagated by Sod: No
  • Propagated by Sprigs: Yes
  • Propagated by Tubers: No
  • Seed per Pound: 17085650
  • Seed Spread Rate: Moderate
  • Small Grain: No




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