Azure Bush Germander
Azure Bush Germander
Teucrium fruticans 'Azureum'Item #7274 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 9
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This tough performer has aromatic gray-green leaves with silvery white undersides that shimmer in the sunlight. Flowers are a darker blue than other varieties. Tolerates poor, rocky soils. An attractive, waterwise solution for fast-draining, unimproved slopes, and minimal care gardens. A nice container accent. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Fast growing shrub; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:TEW-kri-um fru-ti-CANSPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing shrub; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Easy Care, Fast Growing, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:Spring through FallFlower color:BlueDesign IdeasThe blue flowers of this germander are much sought after in gardens. Use this shrub in the border as an accent with other blues or contrast it with bright colored shrubs and perennials. A good choice for poor soils.Companion PlantsLoropetalum (Loropetalum); Lavender Cotton (Santolina); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Coneflower (Echinacea); Tickseed (Coreopsis)
- CareCare InformationProvide average, neutral to slightly alkaline, loose, well-drained soil; avoid heavy clays with poor drainage. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates drought. Apply fertilizer in early spring. Does not require pruning, but tolerates shearing well.Pruning time: early spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:A member of the mint family of Western Mediterranean origin. In cultivated gardens for over 300 years, it was introduced into Britain in the 18th century but proved of too limited hardiness and became a vital plant of Craftsman-era Los Angeles.Lore:Teucrium was named for Teucer, the legendary first king of Troy who pioneered use of these plants as medicinals.