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Bixa orellana, Lipstick tree, Annato

Bixa orellana

Lipstick tree, Annato
Family: Bixaceae
Origin: Tropical South America
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersSpice or herbUltra tropical, minimal temperature 55F

This erect shrub with large, glossy green, prominently veined leaves that can become a small tree several feet tall. It is grown as a garden ornamental less for its pale pink flowers, which last only one day, than for its highly decorative two-valved seed pods, covered with soft, deep red hairs. The seeds inside are surrounded by orange-red arils, which yield a dye called annato that can be used in small quantities to color lipstick and foods like cheese and margarine; the dried seed pods are also effective in flower arrangements. When used as a hedge or screen, Bixa should be pruned often to encourage bush growth at the bottom of the trunk.

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Bixa orellana - seeds

Lipstick tree, Annato. This erect shrub with large,...  more
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Bixa orellana - Lipstick Tree, Annato

Lipstick Tree, Annato. This erect shrub with large...  more

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