Azure Bush Germander
Azure Bush Germander
Teucrium fruticans 'Azureum'Item #7274 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 9
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This tough performer has gray-green leaves with silvery-white undersides that shimmer in the sunlight. Blue flowers are a darker blue than other Germanders. Tolerates poor, rocky soils. An attractive, water-wise solution for fast draining, unimproved slopes and minimal care gardens. Nice container accent.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Fast shrubby grower to 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:TEW-kri-um fru-ti-CANSPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast shrubby grower to 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Attracts Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, 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 PlantsContrast the blue with Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm'). The silvery foliage of Lavender Cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus) complements the blue, as does Sizzling Pink Fringe Flower (Loropetalum chinense 'Silzzing Pink').
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: early spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- 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.