Teucrium cussonii

Giant Gray Germander

Pink Teucrium cussonii, Teucrium cussonii, Giant Gray Germander

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Giant Gray Germander will dazzle you with its size. It forms a large silver-gray mat of evergreen foliage and blooms in late spring- early summer with fragrant pink flowers. This is a superb groundcover for tough sites and has exceptional heat and cold tolerance. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Groundcover
Evergreen
Evergreen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise
10 to 20"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. More shipping info Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 94622P

Details

3-4" tall x 30-36" wide. What an amazing groundcover! After planting it into my garden, I've marveled how this vigorous plant grows to form a silver-gray, evergreen blanket of fine textured foliage, cascading down the slope it's plant on. It blooms in late spring-early summer with sweetly fragrant pink flowers held just above the foliage. Extremely heat and cold tolerant, it's a choice groundcover for the West, from Tucson to Boise, Denver to Reno and beyond.
SKU 94622P
Common Name Giant Gray Germander
Botanical Name Teucrium cussonii
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 3-4" tall
Mature Spread 30-36" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Groundcover, Evergreen
Ideal Region Coastal California, Hot Desert, Western Only
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Teucrium (Germander) is a huge family of perennials, herbs and shrubs found world-wide, with the highest concentration of species in the Mediterranean region of Europe and Northern Africa.

Preferred growing conditions:
  • 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.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring 2017, beginning in late February.

Wildflower Seed & Grass Seed Orders ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

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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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