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Germander is a rugged, woody, fragrant variety of plant from the mint family.
If you are looking for a handsome, drought tolerant plant that can grow in pretty much any soil, consider germander. Full sun, partial sun, clay soil - germander doesn’t seem to care. And the deer leave it alone!
Germander actually refers to an entire genus of plants called Teucrium. These plants are from the Mediterranean and eastern Europe. They grow wild in poor, rocky soil, so our California clay and drought are no problem.
There are several varieties of germander to choose from:
Germanders of all types feature sturdy pale green to grayish-green to foliage. These evergreens can have tiny flowers, like rosemary, or flowers on spikes. The leaves of some varieties can be very aromatic when crushed or brushed against. The color, structure, and fragrance have made germaders a popular choice for formal knot gardens and parterres. Their low maintenance durability make them excellent border plants, ground covers, and landscape anchors.
Butterflies, bees, and other pollinators love germander flowers for their pollen and nectar. Germander can be grown in containers, indoors or out. Most germander varieties tend to get leggy, so pinching off or cutting stems just above leaf intersections can promote a bushier growth. Germander’s characteristics make it useful in many ways:
How to grow germander
As a member of the mint family, germander is easiest to grow from cuttings and division. You can simply pull a piece of existing plant from the ground and put it in some moist soil. New roots should be visible before long. You can also snip a stem and treat it the same way. If you grow germander from seed, it may take a month for them to germinate. I don’t know about you, but a seed that takes that long to break ground is often forgotten about - especially if I forgot to use a plant marker. Take a look at germander the next time you visit a garden supply store. They normally have several varieties available. Germander pests include mites, rust, powdery mildew, and leaf spot, but healthy plants are generally able to fend for themselves.
Do you have room for germander in your garden? I'd love to see photos!
2/17/2022 01:15:29 am
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2/17/2022 06:57:50 am
3/8/2023 11:09:33 am
I bought a Tuecrium fruticans last Spring and it’s beautiful. I didn’t plant it in the ground because I first wanted to see how the deer would react to it. Our small city is overrun by deer which makes gardening a real challenge. Our deer don’t resist many of the “deer resistant” plants. They left it alone until this Winter when they were hungrier and they took a few nibbles to really make sure they don’t like it. That wasn’t as bad as when they later trampled it and broke off many of its branches. I had taken 4 cuttings in the Fall because I’d like to have a hedge. They didn’t look very good so I took the broken off parts and tried a different technique for propagating with cuttings. If the remainder of the plant recovers enough after the trampling, I would like to propagate more. 7 total plants would be the minimum I would need for a hedge. The nursery I got the one from sold out before I could get more so in case I can’t ever buy more plants I’d really like to grow them myself. I checked the first 4 cuttings I’d tried after at least 4 months and there may have been very minimal beginnings of roots but nothing like what I had hoped for so if you have more detailed propagation advice, please share!
3/10/2023 05:55:44 am
3/10/2023 02:00:02 pm
Hi Kate. Thanks for your reply. You’re right, I should cage plants. I have a dog but he’s mainly indoors and when he’s out, unless the deer run (in which case, they obviously want to play chase) he doesn’t pay them much attention and since I’d rather not have my arm yanked off, I don’t encourage it. The deer have become pretty blasé about dogs.
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