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Teucrium fruticans: Shrubby Germander / Tree Germander

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Form: Shrub.
Leaf retention: Evergreen.
Growth rate: Moderate.
Mature Size: 4' high and 6' wide.
Flowers: Blue, with five-lobed lower lip.
Bloom: Most often in summer, but also spring through fall, depending on local climate.
Fruit: Seed.
Leaves: Bluish-grey or silver-green, oval-to-lanceolate, aromatic.
Stems: No thorns.
Wildlife: Attracts bees.
Toxic / Danger: Somewhat poisonous if ingested. May be eye irritant.
Origin: Mediterranean region.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 8-10.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to part shade.
Water after becoming established: Once a month.
Soil: Very well drained, dry, low in organic content, pH 6.1-7.8 (slightly acidic to slightly alkaline).
Prune: In non-blooming season, or after last freeze, prune to shape, reduce size, and/or remove freeze damage.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Seed or cuttings.
Uses: Ornamental.

A member of the mint family. This is a germander and not a sage. Many cultivars are available in nurseries.

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