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Teucrium x lucidrys
Teucrium x lucidrys

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Teucrium

Germander
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Perennials

Mediterranean natives with aromatic foliage and whorls of little flowers. These are tough plants that endure poor, rocky soils; they can’t stand wet or poorly drained soils but will tolerate regular watering where drainage is good.

Teucrium cossonii majoricum

Narrow, silvery gray leaves to 1 in. long form a mound to 8 in. high and 1/2 ft. wide. Virtually continuous show of small, rosy purple, honey-scented flowers in dense heads (most profuse in late spring, early summer). Good rock garden plant or small-scale groundcover. Also sold as T. majoricum and T. cussonii; a very similar plant is T. polium pii-fontanii.

Teucrium fruticans

Loose, silvery stemmed plant to 4–8 ft. tall and wide (or wider). Gray-green, 1 1/4-in.-long leaves have silvery white undersides, giving the plant an overall silvery gray appearance. Blooms almost year-round, bearing lavender-blue flower spikes at branch ends. Thin and cut back before spring growth begins.

Teucrium x lucidrys
Teucrium x lucidrys

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Teucrium x lucidrys

Grows to 1 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide, with many upright, woody-based stems densely clothed in toothed, dark green, 3/4-in.-long leaves. Red-purple or white summer flowers in loose spikes (white-flowered form is looser). Attracts bees. Use as edging, foreground, low clipped hedge, or small-scale groundcover. Shear back once or twice a year to keep neat and force side branching.

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