Bixa orellana Open Pollinated

  • Evergreen shrub or tree to 6m
  • Striking fruit covered in stiff red hairs
  • Use as a natural food colouring

Standard seed packet, 5 seeds

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'Achiote' seeds

Bixa orellana

  • Evergreen shrub or tree to 6m
  • Striking fruit covered in stiff red hairs
  • Use as a natural food colouring

An evergreen small tree or shrub growing to 6m (more commonly around 3m in cultivation) with pointed, heart-shaped glossy green leaves up to 15cm long and pink and white flowers. The striking clusters of fruit are covered in stiff bright red hairs. The fruit splits open when ripe to reveal numerous dark red seeds covered in an edible orange pulp.

The seeds can be stirred in water to create a flavourless food colouring similar to tumeric. The colouring, called annato, is used to colour rice, desserts, cheese and dairy products. The dried seed pods can be used in floral arrangements. Plants can be grown as an informal hedge or in large containers.

Native to tropical Central and South America and naturalised in northern Queensland. Also known as 'Annatto' and 'Lipstick Tree'.

Seeds per gram: 1
Product code: I2-07

Quick Sowing Guide
Method Raise seedlings
Sowing Depth 20mm
Season Spring
Germination 28-40 days @ 20-25°C
Hardiness / Life Cycle Half Hardy Perennial
Plant Spacing 200cm
Plant Height 600cm
Position Full sun, moist well drained soil
Days Until Maturity 1-2 years

*Notes: Seeds may be slow to germinate; seeds will not germinate until ideal environmental conditions are met.


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We do not deliver overseas.

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Order contains: Delivery options: Delivery cost per order
Small seed packets ONLY - Economy Delivery $3.00 or FREE on orders over $25 $5
Parcel Delivery Capped rate of $8.99
Express Delivery $15.00

BULK seed, garden supplies, tools, or accessories -

Parcel Delivery

Capped rate of $8.99

Express Delivery

Starting from $15.00
(Calculated by weight)
Live Plants - Live plants Capped rate of $10.00

*All orders sent to Western Australia are subject to mandatory inspection and fees by Quarantine WA. These fees are included in all shipping costs above.

**We will replace all orders that are lost or damaged in transit however we will not replace or refund orders simply because they were delivered later than estimated. Full details here.


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