Name Upright Germander
Botanical Name Teucrium chamaedrys
Family Lamiaceae / Labiatae
Native to It is native to Europe and western Asia - but has been widely introduced elsewhere.
Water Dry to Medium (water when soil is dry)
Sun Full sun - may need protection from afternoon sun in hot climates
Soil Light, dry, stony soils; must be well-drained
Space 20" (or closer if you plan on creating a more formal hedge)
4" pots: $2.20
6" pots: $3.50
Clay pots and planters: Prices vary
Germander is a shrubby, mounding evergreen. It has dark, glossy-green leaves and pinkish-purple flowers which arrive on terminal spikes in late spring to early summer. It is prized for its foliage, its compact nature and it fragrance. Commonly planted in knot and herbal gardens.
Will Tolerate &
Keeping in Going
Flourishes in light, dry, stony soils
Tolerates poor soil - but must be well-draining
Clip back hard in late spring - early autumn to maintain a neat shape
Pinch or cut stems after flowering to promote bushy, compact growth.
May die back in harsh winter environments
No serious insect or disease problems. Susceptible to mildew, leaf spot, rust and mites.
Points of Interest
The plant was possibly named after Teucer, the king of Troy, who was said to have been the first to recognize the plant's medicinal properties.
Germander comes from the Latin word, gamandrea, which comes from the Greek word, khamaidrys, both meaning "ground oak" (khamai - "on the ground", and drus - "oak", a reference to the shape of the leaves.
Uses: Germander creates a very fragrant, low hedge and is traditionally used in knot gardens and Old World herb gardens. It can also be planted en masse to create a small-scale ground cover.
Even if they are pretty, it is common to clip the flowers to maintain a neat hedge. If you choose to allow the plant to flower, prune off spent blooms as soon as they fade.
Flowering plants attract bees
Caution: Although this plant was historically used as a medicinal plant, it is now believed to cause liver damage and should not be used medicinally.