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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden

  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    5 5 6 6b 7 7b 8 8b 9 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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    Germander is a small, shrubby herb with bright flowers and a distinctive fragrance. It works well as a short, clipped hedge.

    Latin Name

    Teucrium chamaedrys



    Also Known As

    Wall Germander

    Type of Plant

    Herbs Herbs
    Perennials Perennials

    Bloom Season



    Summer Summer
    Winter Winter
    Fall Fall
    Spring Spring


    Max height Max Height: 1'
    Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Herb
  • Hedge

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Rabbit
  • Deer
  • Drought
  • Dry Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies


    Native Range

    Europe to Caucasus


    Germander was used as edging in many colonial revival gardens, as well as for knot gardens during the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

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