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Wall Germander Teucrium chamaedrys

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Phonetic Spelling
TEW-kree-um kam-EE-dris
Description

Wall Germander is a low-growing evergreen sub-shrub and herb in the mint family that is native to Mediterranean regions. It grows 6-18 inches tall with a 1-2 foot spread. In late spring to summer, magenta pink tubular flowers grow in whorls from the leaf axils and are ttractive to bees. The leaves are aromatic and shiny with scalloped edges. The horizontal and ascending stems form an attractive mound.

Grow this herb in well-drained soils in full sun. It tolerates poor soils but not wet ones. Use in an herb garden or rock garden or in groups as a ground cover, edging plant or low hedge. See the photo of it used in a knot garden.

 

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#bees#evergreen#drought tolerant#perennial#winter interest#rabbit resistant#herb garden#ncemgva2018#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Teucrium
    Species:
    chamaedrys
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Once used in herbal medicine. Use as potpourri or in wreaths.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mediterranean areas of Europe, Middle East and Africa
    Wildlife Value:
    Bees
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Edibility:
    Leaves have been used for teas.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 10 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 8 in. - 0 ft. 10 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herb
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Ascending
    Horizontal
    Mounding
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Description:
    Magenta pink tubular flowers in whorls in the leaf axils.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    0.2 to 1 in. opposite, simple dark green leaves with scalloped margins
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Rock Wall
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Edible Garden
    Rock Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits