Lipstick Tree, Annatto, Achiote, Lipsticktree Bixa orellana

Detailed Listing For
Botanical Name:

Bixa orellana

Family:

Bixaceae

Genus:

Bixa

Species:

orellana

Common Name:

Lipstick Tree, Annatto, Achiote, Lipsticktree

Seeds Per Pound:
16,344
Quantity:
0.73 lb
Average Viable Seeds/Packet:
130
Germination:
91%
Germination Test Type:
cut
Purity:
99%
Height:
10-20 feet
Collection Locale:
India
Crop Year:
2015
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
10
In Stock: 0.73 lb
Prices
Sample Bulk Pricing
1 packet
5.95
1 oz
17.50
Growing Info:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* Achiote ( Bixa orellana ) is a shrub or small tree from the tropical region of the Americas .
* It is best known as the source of the natural pigment annatto , produced from the fruit .
* The plant bears pink flowers and bright red spiny fruits which contain red seeds. The fruits dry and harden to brown capsules. more...
* Annatto, obtained from the oily arils of the seeds is the world’s second most important (after caramel) natural colorant (Mercadante and Pfander 1998), yielding yellow to red colors.
* Not only was the dye used anciently to color food, but also to dye cloth and paint the skin (which is still done today).
* The species is also planted as an ornamental, particularly the varieties with bright pink pods.
* Bees collect nectar from its flowers to make honey. more...
Usda description:
More info on http://plants.usda.gov