Please help me ID the plant in the pictures below. I've been told it's
a Germander (teucrium). Does anyone know the species and variety? The
pictures were taken in Sacramento, California in November. Thanks for
Have you checked the Sunset Western Garden Book? There are descriptions of 4
common species of Teucrium there.
With lavender-blue flowers, I would say it is probably T. fruticans, Bush
NorCal (north of Sacramento)
I don't know which variety you have, but it looks very much like mine,
only different. :) Mine is called Teucrum Chamaedrys. It would grow to
about a foot high and get floppy if I didn't keep it trimmed for a
hedge. The leaf looks the same though my flowers are more purple
Zone 5 Ohio
Jeana, does your Teicrium have silver foliage like the one in the
picture? The description in Sunset Western Garden Book for T.
chamaedrys (aka T. x lucidrys) sounds like the plant but it does not
mention silver foliage. Here's the SWGB entry:
T. x Lucidrys (T. Chamaedrys) Zones 2-24. to 1 ft. tall and 2 ft.
wide, with many upright, woody-based stems densely chothed in toothed
dark green, 3/4 inch long leaves. Red-purple or white summer flowers
in loose spikes (white-flowered form is looser). Attracts bees. Us as
edging, foregreound, low clipped hedge, or small scale ground cover.
Shear back once or twice a year to keep neat and force side branching.
'Prostratum' is 4-6 in. high, spreading to 3 ft. or more.
We have different species. In the book I have, it lists four varities.
T. lucidum, T. chamaedrys (wall germander), T. scordium, T. scorodonia.
The T. scorodonia says, known as sage-leaved germander, is a hedge lie
plant that draws it's name common name from it's grey-green sage like
leaves. The T. scordium is the creeping plant which likes marshy damp
areas. It's common name is water germander. The book is 1974 Rodale Herb
My leaves are always dark green, but not glossy as the description
reads. This book also says my leaves will turn reddish in the fall or in
dry weather but I haven't seen that happen yet. ;)
I like your variety too, and will look for it in the spring.
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