Teucrium or Germanders are a broad range of herbasceous perennials and deciduous or evergreen shrubs that are part of the Lamiaceae family. Teucrium are found in many parts of the world.

What is a Teucrium?

Teucrium grown in the UK are perennials or shrubs that are mainly frost hardy although some forms will be frost tender. They vary in height from 0.5m to 1m tall.  Teucrium foliage varies from green to silvery grey and the flowers are largely blue but there are forms with white, pink or purple flowers as well.

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Where to plant Teucrium?

Teucrium prefer a sheltered sunny or partial shaded spot with moist but well drained soil. Smaller and more tender forms are ideally suited to patio pots which have the advantage that they can be move to frost free areas in winter. Larger and hardier forms can be grown in the garden border and can be mixed with plants like lavender, rosemary and cistus to create a Mediterranean feel.

How to care for a Teucrium?

Water pot grown and young plants during dry spells. Teucrium can be lightly pruned in late winter or early spring to shape up plants ready for a new season.