Small groundcovering, evergreen perennial from Europe. Tough, drought tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant.
0.75' tall x 1-1.5' wide, slowly creeping clumps. Leaves are dark green, somewhat aromatic, stems are topped with magenta/pink flowers in June/July and attract honey bees, butterflies and some other pollinators. Reminiscence of very robust thyme is correct, since this is member of mint family too (Lamiaceae). Spreads slowly with the rhizomes on the surface and under the surface of the soil.
It is good to cut it back, when the major flowering season is gone, because the look is a bit scruffy, but it is still bearable even if you don't do it.
Full sun, half shade, average soils, preferably drained soils (don't plant in waterlogged soils). Average (medium) moisture to dry soils.It will tolerate dry shade, that is not too dark, but the clumps will be looser.
Hardy in zones 5-9.
The biggest value of this modest plant is it's adaptability, deer resistance, drought tolerance (once established) and fairly competitive groundcovering growth, because there is not many groundcovers for sunny and drier soils. So it makes wall germander adept for urban landscaping.
In USA is sometimes confused with it's hybrid - Teucrium x lucidrys, which stays in clumps, has glossy leaves and is also more tender.
Best for edges of sunny beds, or as a filling plant for the fronts or as a groundcover. Looks wonderful with rocks, in dry walls or edges of walls, in bigger containers, rock gardens or troughs or urban traffic islands or gravel gardens or even roof gardens.
Can be part of "Mediterranean" style gardens or herb gardens, with Origanum, Lavandula, Satureja and Santolina, but goes well with many common native or introduced perennials and grasses like Achillea, Allium, Asclepias tuberosa, Callirhoe, Iris x barbata and I. tectorum, Coreopsis, Echinacea, Gaura, Liatris spicata, Penstemon, Perovskia, Ruellia humilis, Salvia nemorosa hybrids, Scabiosa columbaria, Sedum, Stachys, Stokesia,...and grasses like Eragrostis, Muhlenbergia, Stipa, Schizachyrium Sporobolus or lower cultivars of Panicum.
Pot size : square 3.5" x 5" deep pot
Picture copyright : US Perennials nursery
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Hard to find favorite. Beautiful plants. Arrived in great condition!