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Teucrium fruticans

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Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Teucrium (TEW-kree-um) (Info)
Species: fruticans (FROO-tih-kanz) (Info)

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Category:
Shrubs
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:
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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Silver/Gray
Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

4 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive stephenp On Jul 15, 2012, stephenp from Wirral, UK, Zone 9a
United Kingdom (Zone 9a) wrote:

Grows pretty well here in the UK, flowers well, although this year less flowers than usual due to the wet, cold summer.

Positive nifty413 On Jan 29, 2007, nifty413 from Garland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Has survived winter temperatures in the lower teens (F) without protection. I suspect it requires the excellent drainage I had given mine to achieve this extra hardiness. My specimen plant grew to 5' tall by 6' wide. Tried transplanting this one in late winter 2006 without success. New site did not have excellent drainage.

Positive joshz8a On May 22, 2005, joshz8a from z8a, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I'm growing this in a container in Zone 8a this year. I agree with ShadowsChaseMe's excellent description...the distinctive steely-grey foliage and white stem is a welcome addition to the few silver plants which don't mind our hot muggy summers. joshz8a

Positive ShadowsChaseMe On Oct 28, 2003, ShadowsChaseMe from Adelaide
Australia wrote:

This is a relatively new species, with fantastic potential here in Australia and other dry zones, so much so that the botanical gardens here in my city are using it as a new border specimen plant on their perimeter.

T. fruticans has beautiful shimmery sliver foliage which is white underneath, and violet coloured flowers. The leaves are simple, and fairly small (about 2cm X 1cm) and spaced out about 3cm apart along the unique square stem. Leaves are ever so slightly fuzzy, grey/blue on top, and brilliantly white underneath. The clearly visible stem is also white underneath, and only slightly greyer above. The purple flowers are delicate, bell shaped, with one recurved side, protruding stamens, and hang pendulously, about 2cm (1 inch) long by 1.2 cm wide. Very much like an eremophila flower.

The new growth shoots out on pointy white stems and looks stunning, though some say this can get untidy, so I suppose you need to keep it well shaped. My stem cuttings, about 20cm long, are taking well, not having wilted at all. Marvelous.

Regional...

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

Phenix City, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Concord, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Soquel, California
New Orleans, Louisiana
Greenville, North Carolina
Garland, Texas
Odessa, Texas
Seattle, Washington



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