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Wall germander

Teucrium chamaedrys var. compactum

TEW-kree-um kam-EE-driss variety kom-PAK-tum Audio

This compact, evergreen subshrub has glossy, dark green leaves and grows to only 5 inches tall and 16 inches wide. It bears long-lasting, lavender flowers, and it is a great choice for low edging or for a rock garden. 

Noteworthy CharacteristicsCompact growth; evergreen, glossy leaves; long-lasting flowers.

CareGrow in full sun and in gritty, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil. Teucrium prefers a sheltered site, and may suffer dieback in harsh winters. It may be trimmed back after flowering and pruned back to within 2 inches of the ground in spring.

PropagationSow seed in a cold frame when fresh. Root cuttings with bottom heat: softwood cuttings in early summer, or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

ProblemsWinter injury, mildew, leaf spots, rust, mites.

  • Genus : Teucrium
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Height : Under 6 inches
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