Teucrium fruticans, Tree Germander

Teucrium fruticans

Tree Germander
Family: Lamiaceae
Origin: Mediterranean
USDA Zone: 8-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Native to the Mediterranean region, Teucrium fruticans is a small shrub that typically grows from 2-5 ft (0.6-1.5 m). It bears clear-blue, lavender-blue or purple flowers, making it an attractive ornamental. The flowers of Tree Germander also attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Growing Teucrium fruticans is as easy as can be. Plant it in a sunny or semi-shaded spot and make sure the soil is well-draining. Water it moderately and let the soil dry slightly between waterings. Keep the plant pruned routinely to maintain its desired bushy shape and size. In USDA zones 8-10, Tree Germander is a popular choice for a Mediterranean garden.

For those living in cold regions, Teucrium fruticans can easily be grown in a pot and brought indoors during extreme temperatures. Place the potted plant in a bright, sunny spot in the indoors for optimal growth. Water it moderately, about once a week. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Fertilize the plant once a month during the growing season with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Prune it regularly to maintain the desired size and shape. During the winter season, reduce the watering frequency and keep the temperatures around 45-55°F. Bring it back outdoors once all threats of frost have passed.

Link to this plant: