Nashia aka Moujean tea
days to maturity:
plant spacing: 1 plant every 4-12 feet
sunlight requirements: 8-14 hours
look out for: mealy bugs
harvest notes: can be kept small if preferred
Moujean Tea also known as pineapple verbena or Bahama berry is a low growing bushy shrub indigenous to the Bahamas and very well suited to our subtropical growing climate. It loves humidity and heat! The plant is covered in tiny shiny leaves with a rough texture that emits a delicious aroma when crushed. It has been compared to vanilla, honey, pineapple, and citrus. The leaves and flowers are used to make a tasty, sweet herbal tea. Be warned that Moujean Tea does not tolerate drying out. In fact, once of it’s nick names is “I dry, I die”. Additionally, it can become a leggy if grown in partial shade, and it can become a giant if not harvested regularly (like the one in the photo with farmer French for scale). If pruned the plant can become a very nice, compact plant.