Cat Whiskers or Java Tea Plant - Live Plant

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Cat Whiskers or Java Tea (Orthosiphon aristatus)

4in pot size

Cat whiskers or Java tea is a beautiful plant in the garden that always grabs attention. Cat's whiskers gets its name because each spikes of flowers have long white stamens extend from the flowers, looking like cat whiskers. Also a very popular medicinal tea plant commonly known as Java Tea in the stores.

The leaves are lance-shaped, toothed, and usually have a slightly serrated edge. They are often arranged in opposite pairs along the stems.

Cat's Whiskers produce unusual, tubular flowers that resemble cat's whiskers, hence the name. The flowers are typically white or lavender and arranged in whorls, giving them a distinctive appearance.

The plant can reach heights of 2 to 4 feet, forming a bushy and upright habit.

Plant in a location with full sunlight. Cat's Whiskers thrive in bright, sunny conditions.

Well-draining soil is crucial. It can tolerate various soil types but prefers fertile, loamy soil.

Keep the soil consistently moist. Water regularly, especially during dry periods. Adequate water is essential for optimal growth.

Provide sufficient spacing between plants to allow for good air circulation. This helps prevent fungal diseases.

Feed with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer during the growing season. Cat's Whiskers are not heavy feeders but benefit from occasional feeding.

Prune regularly to maintain shape and encourage bushier growth. Deadheading spent flowers can also promote continuous blooming.

Harvest leaves and flowers for various uses. The leaves are traditionally used to make herbal tea.

Pests and Diseases:
Cat's Whiskers are generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, keep an eye out for aphids or spider mites, and treat promptly if necessary.

Tea Preparation:
To prepare tea, use dried leaves and flowers. Steep them in hot water for a few minutes, and the resulting tea is believed to have diuretic properties.

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Are we organic?

Although we aren't certified organic we use only organic practices we no use of pesticides or insecticides.

Sizing details:

Pot size - 3in, 4in or 5in (based on listing)
Plant height - 6+ inches

Shipping from our nursery to you:

We ship on Monday & Tuesdays according to climatic conditions to ensure your plants arrive in a timely manner for proper care, without unnecessary time spent in their dark box.

Where we cannot ship to:

At this time we are not able to fulfill orders outside of the U.S. due to agriculture regulations.
We also do not ship to Hawaii or Alaska because of their distance from our nursery and the sensitive nature of the plants we ship.

Reviews (2)


Carefully packed and nice plants.

Packaged carefully and in excellent condition, it was a very healthy plant.

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