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Wall Germander
Teucrium chamaedrys

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Teucrium (TEW-kree-um) (Info)
Species: chamaedrys (kam-EE-drees) (Info)
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Category:

Herbs

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Aromatic

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By simple layering

By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)

Birmingham, Alabama

Gadsden, Alabama

Bakersfield, California

Menifee, California

Merced, California

North Fork, California

Oak Park, California

Santa Ana, California

Santa Clara, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ocala, Florida

Boise, Idaho

Portland, Indiana

Riverdale, Maryland

Eunice, Missouri

Henderson, Nevada

New York City, New York

West Kill, New York

Flat Rock, North Carolina

Fuquay Varina, North Carolina

Uniontown, Ohio

Homestead, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Dyersburg, Tennessee

Austin, Texas (2 reports)

Colleyville, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

La Coste, Texas

Weatherford, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

5
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Nov 19, 2013, duvalderay from Boise City, ID wrote:

Great little border evergreen sub shrub. Lower perimeter leaves turn bronze tinged in the late fall but the rest remain dark green year-round. Tons of small lavender flowers attract bees and butterflies.

Positive

On Jan 27, 2010, crazymary from Lodi, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Mine actually bloomed from June through a heavy frost in early December and kept going until around Christmas. The bees love it and it has a lovely lavender-violet flower.

Positive

On May 7, 2005, Gibby2 from Belleville, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:

Known as "poor man's box" because it was once substituted for the more expensive boxwood. As a herb, it was recommended for curing gout.

Positive

On Sep 29, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Dwarf, woody, sub-shrub with glossy, aromatic, evergreen foliage resembling boxwood. Rosy purple flowers. Makes an excellent dwarf hedge. Attracts butterflies, too...

Positive

On Jun 6, 2004, angelap from Weatherford, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

Though it is proving to be quite invasive, I love this plant in my herb garden. I use it for bordered edges - when in bloom it's quite lovely. I have to be diligent about keeping it pulled and dug out of the walkways. The runners go forever, and wiggle their way deeply to get under the metal edging.

Neutral

On Jan 27, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Germander has long been used as one of the components in a Victorian Knot Garden. It accepts shearing happily, and multiplies very quickly to fill in gaps. It is happiest in full sun; even partial shade makes it get very floppy.