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Care of the plant Teucrium fruticans or Tree germander.

Care of the plant Teucrium fruticans or Tree germander

The genus Teucrium, family Lamiaceae, comprises 300 species of perennials and shrubs from the Mediterranean region and the Canary Islands. Some species are: Teucrium fruticans, Teucrium flavum, Teucrium chamaedrys, Teucrium heterophyllum, Teucrium pyrenaicum, Teucrium aroanium, Teucrium polium, Teucrium scorodonia.

Common names: Tree germander, Shrubby germander. This species is native to western and central Mediterranean.

They are compact evergreen shrubs with opposite lanceolate-oval leaves with a trimmed edge. The flowers appear in whorls, they are bilabiated and white, blue, pink, purple, lilac or red. They bloom in summer.

They are used to form bushy groups, in hedges, as isolated specimens and in pots. They are ideal for Mediterranean gardens by the sea.

Teucrium fruticans needs full sun exposure and a Mediterranean climate. They resist occasional frosts.

They can grow in any type of soil that has good drainage. Transplant in fall or spring.

Throughout the year, water moderately, waiting for the soil to dry out; they resist drought well.

They can be lightly pruned in late winter to keep them compact.

Fertilize with manure at the time of planting and with mineral fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.

They are very resistant shrubs to pests but very sensitive to excess moisture.

They are propagated by seeds or by division in spring and by cuttings in summer.


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Teucrium fruticans
Teucrium fruticans
Teucrium fruticans