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Piper methysticum

Kava is a plant which belongs to the Piper genus.

Kava is a member of the pepper family.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Floral white. When mature, blooms are roughly 0.3 cm (that's 0.12 inches in imperial) in diameter.Leaves appear approximately as a   Forest green (web) colour. Kava grows as a perennial and is a non-edible herb. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater). Kava is known for its vine habit and growing to a height of approximately 2.00 metres (6.50 feet).

Kava needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Kava have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Kava

  • Full Shade

  • High

Plant in a location that enjoys full shade and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Kava is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Kava to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Kava from seed

Flowers are sterile, plant is propagated vegetatively.

Transplanting Kava

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Kava is a tender plant.

Common Kava problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Kava plants:

Kava Folklore & Trivia

Kava does not reproduce on its own and is dependent on humans for its existence.

Other names for Kava

Piper methysticum G. Forst.

Kava care instructions

How long does Kava take to grow?

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Popular varieties of Kava

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