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Teucrium cossonii - Majorcan Teucrium
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Balearic Islands (Mediterranean)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender Blue
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Synonyms: [Teucrium majoricum, Hort.]
Height: <1 foot
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Teucrium cossonii (Majorcan Teucrium) - A low-growing perennial that forms a mat 4-6 inches tall and spreads 2-3 feet. Aromatic gray leaves, that are whitish underneath, densely clothe the thin branches. Lavender-purple flowers bloom among the foliage in the spring and fall. Plant is full sun in a soil with decent drainage and irrigate only occasionally low water needs. Hardy to 0-10 F. A great small scale mounding groundcover that attracts bees and other insects to the garden. This plant is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea island of Majorca (Mallorca), one of the Balleric Islands, where it grows on limestone rocky soils. The name for the genus has several possible derivations but most likely it is from the Greek name Teucer, a king of Troy, who is said to have used the plant medicinally. The specific epithet honors the French botanist Ernest Saint-Charles Cosson (1819 - 1889). It is sometimes called also called Fruity or Pineapple Germander and while some claim not to smell the pineapple scent when the leaves are crushed, this would be how we would decribe the aroma.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Teucrium cossonii.