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Teucrium canadense - L.

Common Name American Germander, Canada germander, Western germander
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woods and thickets[222]. Stream bottom woods and low open ground in Texas[274].
Range Eastern N. America - Nova Scotia to Florida and Mexico.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Teucrium canadense American Germander, Canada germander, Western germander


Patrick J. Alexander @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Teucrium canadense American Germander, Canada germander, Western germander
Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1989. Midwest wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. Midwest National Technical Center, Lincoln.

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Teucrium canadense is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 4. It is in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Antiseptic  Diaphoretic  Diuretic  Emmenagogue

A tea made from the leaves is diaphoretic, diuretic and emmenagogue[222]. The leaves are applied externally to cuts etc as an antiseptic dressing[222]. The plant is a widespread adulterant to commercial supplies of skullcap, Scutellaria lateriflora[222].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in full sun in any moderately good well-drained soil[1, 200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed[113]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer if they are large enough. Otherwise, grow them on in a cold frame for the winter and plant them out in the following spring. Division in early spring[1]. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[113].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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