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Teucrium chamaedrys (Wall Germander)

Wall Germander, Ground Oak, Horse Chive, Wild Germander


Prized for its compact habit and lustrous foliage, Teucrium chamaedrys (Wall Germander) is a low-growing, woody-based evergreen perennial forming a clump of branched ascending stems densely clothed in aromatic, oval, toothed, shiny dark green leaves. Whorls of two lipped, tubular, rosy-purple flowers are produced for 3-4 weeks in midsummer, often buzzing with bees. Use as edging, low-clipped hedge along a walkway or in a formal herb garden, small-scale groundcover.

  • Grows up to 10-12 in. tall (25-30 cm) and 1-2 ft. wide (30-60 cm).
  • Easily grown in neutral to alkaline soil, well-drained soils in full sun. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Drought-tolerant once established but does best when watered regularly in summer.
  • Great for beds and borders, garden edging, cottage gardens, coastal gardens, Mediterranean gardens, city gardens or rock gardens.
  • Virtually disease and pest free. Keep an eye out for mildew, leaf spot, rust and mites. Deer resistant.
  • Propagate by seed or terminal cuttings in late spring.
  • Native to Northern Africa, western Asia, Europe.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Teucrium - Germanders
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Teucrium - Germanders
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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