Botanical Name: Teucrium canadense
Common Name: American Germander  
Plant photo of: Teucrium canadense
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply a layer of mulch around plants to reduce moisture loss.

Choose organic mulches, such as shredded bark, compost or aged sawdust.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Herb


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Blue, Purple, Red


Flower Season

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Intermittent


Leaf Color

Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season








Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles



Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Raised Planter


Special Uses

Filler, Hedge, Screen, Lawn Alternative, Fire Resistant, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: wrong picture
  • Description

  • Notes

American germander or Canada germander, is a woody-based, clump-forming, rhizomatous, herbaceous perennial of the mint family. It grows about 18 to 36 tall, and due to its rhizomatous nature, can spread 3 or more feet. Soft purplish-pink flowers on spike-like racemes bloom from June to September.
Grow in dry to medium-dry, well drained soil in full sun, though it tolerates part shade. Tolerates poor soils, as long as the drainage is good (soggy or damp soils will cause the plant to rot at the crown). though listed as evergreen, it is not reliably so in our harsh winter climate. Though it has a pleasing, rounded form with no intervention, it will tolerate pruning and shearing. It makes quite a pleasing little hedge, in fact. Can be aggressive in optimum growing conditions where it often spreads easily by rhizomes and self-seeding to form large colonies, though there are worse things that could happen in your garden...