TREE or SHRUBBY GERMANDER (Teucrium fruticans)

Shrubby  Germander (Teucrium fruticans), also known as Tree germander is a bushy, evergreen shrub with oval to lance-shaped, grey-green leaves, to 3/4″ long, with white-woolly underneath.

It’s native to the western and central areas of the Mediterraneun, not Australia, but I find it a lovely plant and almost wish I had one in my balcony garden, although it does like a bit of shelter and I fear it would quickly go downhill in my windy home location.  But with all the successes I’ve had in my small west-facing garden, you never know – it might just grow beautifully 🙂

The whorls of pale blue/mauve flowers are very pretty (even if they don’t have the brilliant colour of some of the flowers in my previous post).

They make an excellent hedge, and do best in moist, well-drained soil and full sun.  They make a nice clipped low hedge in a herb garden and may be cut to within 2″ of ground level in the Spring to maintain a nice compact growth habit.

The images in this post were not made in the Royal Botanic Gardens, (surprise, surprise), but against a wall in the riverside walking path near the Collingwood Children’s Garden in the inner Melbourne north-east suburb of Abbotsford,  where I lived briefly before moving to the western suburb where I currently reside.

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6 thoughts on “TREE or SHRUBBY GERMANDER (Teucrium fruticans)

  1. Our native coastal germander (Teucrium cubense) has been blooming for some time. As a matter of fact, there was some in bloom near the Gaillardia I photographed. The coastal is a lovely, pure white, with smooth leaves. It’s also much smaller. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen the plants taller than 12″. You might enjoy this article, which deals with some issues related to Teucrium fruticans.

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  2. I had this in my previous garden, Vicki, and it was extremely tough as well as being pretty. I’m sure you could try it on your balcony.

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