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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 information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Teucrium cossonii.