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Teucrium marum - L.

Common Name Cat Thyme
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry hills and bushy places[100].
Range Europe - W. Mediterranean.
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Weed Potential No
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Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Teucrium marum Cat Thyme


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Teucrium marum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 9 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from July to September, 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 cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds; East Wall. In. South Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Aromatic  Astringent  Deobstruent  Diuretic  Nervine  Stimulant  Stomachic  Tonic


The whole herb is aromatic, deobstruent, diuretic, nervine, stimulant, stomachic and tonic[4, 61]. The plant is supposed to possess very active powers and has been recommended in the treatment of many diseases, being considered useful in most nervous complaints[4]. It is used in the treatment of gallbladder and stomach problems[254]. The root bark is considerably astringent and has been used for checking haemorrhages[4]. A homeopathic remedy is made from the whole herb[4]. It is said to be effectual against small thread-worms in children[4].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in any moderately good soil[1], preferring a dry soil[4] and a sunny position[200]. Does well in dry places in the rock garden[1]. Plants are not fully hardy in Britain, they can be killed in severe winters especially if the weather is wet[4]. The bruised leaves release a pungent aroma[245]. Cats are strongly attracted to this plant and may tear it to pieces[11, 182, K]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

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Plant 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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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Teucrium canadenseAmerican Germander, Canada germander, Western germanderPerennial1.0 4-8  LMHSNM010
Teucrium chamaedrysWall Germander, GermanderShrub0.3 5-9 SLMHSNDM123
Teucrium massiliense Shrub1.0 5-9  LMHNDM10 
Teucrium polium Shrub0.2 6-9  LMHNDM11 
Teucrium scordiumWater GermanderPerennial0.6 -  LMHSNM011
Teucrium scorodoniaWood SagePerennial0.3 5-9  LMHSNDM12 

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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