Piper methysticum, commonly called Kava, is an upright shrub native to Southeast Asia. Is has glossy, green, heart-shaped leaves that grow up to 6 inches long. Like other members of the piperaceae family, it produces long flower spikes that are creamy white in color. The leaves and stems produce a natural secretion, tiny opaque dots, called cystolyths along with black pepper specs. These little crystals & specs are sometimes thought to be pests, but are not harmful & the plant should be secreting them!
Care of Piper methysticum:
- Indirect light
- 55 to 95 degrees
- 6 to 8 feet tall
- Humidity 50-60%
- Keep soil evenly moist but never waterlogged
This plant is shipped in a 3 inch pot.
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