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Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys) at Gertens

Germander in bloom

Germander in bloom

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Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys) at Gertens

Germander flowers

Germander flowers

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Height:  14 inches

Spread:  16 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Germander

Brand:  Gertens


Dwarf sub-shrub with deep, glossy green foliage; Long-lasting spikes of pink flowers in summer; grows best in shady, moist soil

Ornamental Features

Germander features delicate spikes of purple flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late summer. Its glossy narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the year.

Landscape Attributes

Germander is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Germander is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Herb Gardens

Planting & Growing

Germander will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

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