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Piper auritum /Root Beer Plant

Piper auritum  / Piper auritum
A relatively new plant in the landscape industry that has become quite popular because of its large, coarse textured foliage
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A relatively new plant in the landscape industry that has become quite popular because of its large, coarse textured foliage

Close-up image of the foliage and floral spikes that appears in mid summer

Foliage and white flower spike

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Scientific Name: Piper auritum
Common Name: Root Beer Plant
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: None
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Grown for the huge leaves that can grow over a foot long and are used for their spicy aromatic scent and flavor. Some liken this aroma to root beer while others to anise-clove. Foliage is knocked back to the ground with hard freezes, but will come back from the roots. It does not generally produce fruit out side of its native area.