Teucrium chamaedrys 'Prostratum'
Compact Creeping Germander
Details6-18" tall x 18" wide. Teucrium chamaedrys Prostratum is tough, pretty and long-lived. This low-care groundcover has it all. With glossy green leaves and early summer display of deep pink flowers, Compact Creeping Germander is not fussy about its soil, and grows equally well in sun or shade. Tolerating light to moderate foot traffic, it's a great lawn substitute for areas too shady for grass to thrive.
|Common Name||Compact Creeping Germander|
|Botanical Name||Teucrium chamaedrys Prostratum|
|Zones||5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade, Full Shade|
|Mature Height||6-8" tall|
|Mature Spread||18" wide|
|Bloom Time||Late spring to summer|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20"|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant|
|Ideal Region||Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
- Plant in sandy or gravel soils, although many species can adapt to well drained loam soils; avoid clay.
- Most species are best positioned in a full sun location.
- Mulch with gravel or pine needles in dry Western climates. Leave un-mulched in moister climates.
- Water regularly the first growing season to establish the plant. Thereafter, only occasional deep watering is needed, when conditions are dry in the heat of summer.
- Deadhead the flowers when blooming is finished. Groundcover Teucrium chaemadrys 'Prostratum,' when used as a lawn substitute, can be mowed to deadhead the flower spikes.
- Fertilize lightly in the fall with Yum Yum Mix. Special comments:
- Many Teucrium species are evergreen and shouldn't be cut back in the spring. But in late fall, rake off brown tree leaves and other fall debris to keep plants clean and foliage healthy over the winter. In spring, winter killed tips can be sheared off.
- Teucrium chaemadrys and T. chaemadrys 'Prostratum' are a zone more cold hardy in dry winter Western climates than in the moist Eastern US.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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