Azure Bush Germander
Teucrium fruticans 'Azureum'
|Description||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.|
|Watering||Once established, water occasionally.|
|Blooms||Spring through Fall|
|Mature Size||Fast growing shrub; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Hedge, Hillside|
|Design Ideas||The 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 Plants||Loropetalum (Loropetalum); Lavender Cotton (Santolina); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Coneflower (Echinacea); Tickseed (Coreopsis)|
|Care||Provide average, neutral to slightly alkaline, loose, well-drained soil; avoid heavy clay with poor drainage. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates drought. Fertilize in early spring. Does not require pruning, but tolerates shearing well.|
|Lore||Teucrium was named for Teucer, the legendary first king of Troy who pioneered use of these plants as medicinals.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-9
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