Teocrium fructicans C17/20


Teocrium fructicans is a bush very well adapted to the Mediterranean climate, it gives an intense green colour, being resistant to periods of drought and sunshine.

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It is an evergreen shrub whose scientific name is Teucrium fruticans, but which is popularly known as Teucrio, olivilla, sage bitter, olive, sage rabies or royal Trojan. It grows to a maximum height of 2 metres, although it is usually left between 50 and 150cm. Its stems are erect, highly branched, and glabrous.

The leaves measure between 15 and 55mm by 8-35mm, and are oval, flat, leathery, whole, with an olive green bundle and a whitish underside. The flowers are grouped in clusters, and are hermaphroditic or female, white-pink, lilac or blue in colour. The fruit is dry, obovate and brown in colour. It flowers in spring and sometimes in summer.

Situation: It is a bush that likes the sun very much, it supports the semi shade as long as it has more hours of light than of darkness.

Substratum: They like deep, fertile sandy soils.

Watering: It doesn't need much watering, in fact excess humidity is fatal for this plant which is perfectly adapted to dry periods.

Fertilizer: It likes natural fertilizers in spring and in summer.

Breeding: Its multiplication is by cuttings at the end of the summer and by seeds in spring.

Pruning: It should be stripped of the dry leaves and branches, as this bush looks best by means of a rounded pruning.

Pests and diseases: It's a resistant plant, the only thing we should watch out for is the excess of humidity that the presence of fungus can cause.

It resists frosts down to -5ºC and very hot climates with temperatures of 40ºC.


Data sheet

Teocrium fruticans
North Africa and Southern Europe
From 1.5m to 2.00m
Gray-green leaves and purple flowers
Withstands temperatures up to -10ºC and in summer up to 40ºC.
Sowing distance
As it is a live plant and depending on the season, the plant may be received, in some cases, not exactly the same as in the photograph, but as close as possible. This does not affect the quality of the plant.

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