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Bixa orellana, Lipstick tree, Annato

Bixa orellana

Lipstick tree, Annato
Family: Bixaceae
Origin: Tropical South America
USDA Zone: 10-12?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersSpice or herb plant

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 - Lipstick Tree, Annato

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

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
6-10"/1-3 gal pot, large plant
4 Plants in stock
$39.95

Bixa orellana - seeds

Lipstick tree, Annato. This erect shrub with large,...  more
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RECOMMENDED SUPPLIES:
Seed Germination Mix #3, professional grade
SUNSHINE-Epi - Seeds and cuttings booster
SUNSHINE Bombino - Young Plant Booster
Per pack: 12 seeds
In stock
$8.95