Flowers: small blue salvia-like flowers in spring, attractive but insignificant. (Various cultivars exist that have more vivid flowers but these are all less vigorous than the species and I would avoid them).
Drought tolerance: 5 – see our post drought tolerant plants for an explanation.
Full sun to part shade.
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This is a very easy plant indeed, it’s almost impossible to fail with it in a Mediterranean climate; just plant it directly in whatever soil you have (clay, sandy, rocky, it doesn’t matter) and water it when it looks distressed during the first summer. I have never lost one. Teucrium fruticans may not be a ravishingly beautiful plant but it absolutely works and is a ‘must’ for this type of garden. Growth is quite fast, after 3 years it can grow 75 cms a year.
It can put up with quite serious drought and high temperatures; the only thing it does not like is cold and wet in winter, an unlikely combination here - not long lived therefore in northern gardens – I had one once on a London balcony which did not survive its first winter.
Grown for its foliage and form, Teucrium fruticans can be clipped into any shape, even to the ground in spring – new growth is much more attractive than older growth. Let the plant establish for two seasons and then give it a trim to encourage new growth.
I use Teucrium fruticans in on banking and as an informal hedge against cedars. It can also be used clipped into rounds or hedges in a more formal garden or next to patios.
Teucrium harmonises well with almost any other Mediterranean plants such as rosemary, lavender, oleanders or also with succulents and cacti.
Mature specimen at south of France hotel