Annatto (Bixa orellana) Perennial
Native to Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, the furry, heart-shaped seeds of the Annatto or Achiote shrub are used to make natural, yellow-orange dye for cosmetics, textiles, and food. Annatto is valued as a medicinal plant. Mature shrubs reach 10-12+' tall.
- 25 seeds minimum
- Germination: 7-21 days
- Maturity: 2-4 years
- Start seeds indoors. Sow 1/8" deep is seed starting mix. Grow lights will facilitate germination and early growth. Keep evenly moist.
- Transplant seedlings in full sun/partial shade.
- Hardy in zones 9-11 with frost protection.