Small 3’ rounded woody shrub with small plumes of fluffy white flowers that bloom in early to mid-summer. Grows best in well-drained average garden soil with full sun or partial shade but will tolerate dry, harsh conditions. It is a larval food source for the mottled Dusky-wing, and Spring Azure Butterfly and is a nice addition to the butterfly garden.
Leaves of New Jersey Tea plants makes excellent tea, and were used as a substitute for black tea during the American Revolution. Prepare the thoroughly dried leaves as you would oriental tea. The taste and color is similar.
Difficult to transplant, therefore propagation by seed is recommended.
Image and description from the internet. Purchased on 1/17/2009.
This planting is in the Grow Please! Winter Sowing garden .
Sown from my New Jersey Tea Seeds.
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