Silver Bush Germander – Teucrium Fruticans

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The Silver Bush Germander, scientifically known as Teucrium fruticans, is a delightful and versatile evergreen shrub that brings beauty and functionality to your garden. With its silvery-gray foliage and charming lavender-blue flowers, this plant is a favorite among gardeners for both its aesthetic appeal and practical uses.


Best grown in medium to dry, loose, neutral to slightly alkaline, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerant of shallow, rocky soils with low fertility, wind, heat, and salt spray. Tolerates some drought once established. Hardy in zones 8-10. Moderate to severe stem dieback is possible if planted in the colder end of its hardiness range. Site in a protected location to help prevent this. Its habit can be somewhat leggy, but takes well to pruning.


Typical Uses

Silver Bush Germander can be employed in various ways in your garden and landscape design. It serves as an excellent choice for:

  • Ornamental Hedge: Create a stunning, low-maintenance hedge using its compact growth habit and attractive silver leaves.
  • Mediterranean Garden: Enhance the charm of a Mediterranean-inspired garden with its drought-resistant nature and appealing foliage.
  • Container Planting: Plant it in containers to beautify your patio, balcony, or entrance area.
  • Erosion Control: The dense growth and strong roots make it effective for preventing soil erosion on slopes.

Establishment and Care Instructions

Silver Bush Germander is relatively easy to care for, making it a popular choice for various garden styles. Here’s how to establish and maintain it:

  1. Planting: Choose a well-draining soil in a sunny location. Ensure the soil pH is slightly alkaline.
  2. Watering: Once established, it’s drought-tolerant, but regular watering is essential during the first growing season.
  3. Pruning: Lightly prune in spring to maintain its shape and encourage new growth. Remove dead or leggy branches as needed.
  4. Fertilization: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in spring for optimal growth.

Special Features and Usage

Teucrium fruticans, or Silver Bush Germander, offers some special features and uses:

  • Attracts Pollinators: The lavender-blue flowers attract bees and butterflies, promoting pollination in your garden.
  • Deer Resistant: This plant is known for its resistance to deer browsing, making it suitable for various regions.
  • Medicinal Uses: In some traditional herbal medicine practices, parts of this plant are used for their potential medicinal properties.
  • Culinary Uses: While not a primary culinary herb, the leaves can be used to add a unique flavor to certain dishes and teas.

With its silvery foliage, drought tolerance, and versatility, Silver Bush Germander is a fantastic addition to your garden, offering both aesthetic beauty and practical benefits.



Light Requirement

Full Sun

Soil Moisture

Well Drained

Water Use







1 Gallon, 5 Gallon


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