These Piper methysticum plants are of the Hawaiian Mo’i strain. Piper methysticum, known commonly as kava, is a member of the Piperaceae or pepper family. The roots of Piper methysticum are used traditionally throughout the Pacific Ocean cultures of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia, including Hawaii, Vanuatu and Fiji.
Piper methysticum is a tropical plant which grows under the partial shade and humidity of the jungle canopy on islands throughout the Pacific. Kava plants benefit from conditions that mimic the warmth and humidity of their natural habitat. Partial shade is beneficial to young plants, but as plants mature they may prefer more light. Piper methysticum prefers a temperature range from 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit and can die from prolonged temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Their native habitat receives regular rainfall and when grown indoors care must be taken to keep the soil moist but not saturated. To prevent rot, use a loose soil that allows for water drainage.