• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering 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.
    Key Feature:
    Tolerates Poor Soils
    Blooms:
    Spring through Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:TEW-kri-um fru-ti-CANS
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing shrub; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Spring through Fall
    Flower color:Blue
    Garden styleMediterranean, Rustic, Xeric
    Design 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide 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:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.

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