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Regional Picks: Underused Perennials—Southern California

Fine Gardening - Issue 187

1. Fruity Germander

Name: Teucrium cossonii (syn. T. majoricum)

Zones: 8–11

Size: 4 to 6 inches tall and 2 to 3 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil

Native Range: Mediterranean coast

This lovely ground cover doesn’t always show well in a nursery pot, but once in the ground it really shines. Like other germanders, it is tough and hearty as long as it has decent drainage. In fall and spring, the silver foliage is covered by a cloud of purple blooms. This lovely silver spreader is perfect for edging a bed, or as an accent in a rock garden. Fruity germander, like all the plants on this page, requires little to no water once established, which is important given our region’s continued drought conditions.


2. Golden Coulter Bush

Name: Hymenolepis crithmifolia

Zones: 9–11

Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun; dry, well-drained soil

Native Range: South Africa

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