Wordless Wednesday – Teucrium fruticans

Teucrium fruticosa here allowed to grow free form

Teucrium fruticans here allowed to grow free form

Teucrium fruticosa flowers on the previous image

Teucrium fruticans flowers on the previous image

Teucrium fruticosa growing on the slope, it was lightly pruned this year

Teucrium fruticans growing on the slope, it was lightly pruned this year

Teucrium fruticosa pruned hard to flank the steps leading to the vegetable garden

Teucrium fruticans pruned hard to flank the steps leading to the vegetable garden

Teucrium fruticosa - closer view

Teucrium fruticans pruned – closer view

These images are for you Janet!

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22 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday – Teucrium fruticans

    • Don’t wait Amelia, this is a very easy plant, do what you want with it, make a hedge, leave it to grow, prune it; it asks nothing and then flowers for 6 or 7 months!

  1. It is sometimes called ‘the weed of the Mediterranean’ but I couldn’t manage without this shrub. There are other varieties with stronger blue flowers and less vigorous foliage but not quite so resistent to winter cold. Teucriums as a family deserve to be better known.

  2. How lucky you are to be able to grow it. Wouldn’t work here, sadly. The soil is too ‘claggy’ in winter. Like Cathy above, I especially like the way you’ve pruned those two on either side of the steps.

  3. Christina, I grow this plant, but it grows very slowly for me, probably because my soil is heavy. I have two that I’m trying to clip into domes. Do you just prune yours once a year? And do you only prune some of the newer growth, like with lavender, or can you cut back into harder wood?

    • The best time to prune is after flowering (May for me) but I actually pruned the ones in the picture a couple of weeks ago. There doesn’t seem to be any problem pruning hard back into old wood.

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