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Teucrium polium - L.

Common Name
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A variable species with a number of sub-species growing in a variety of habitats from sandy places near the sea to mountain ranges.
Range Europe - Mediterranean to W. Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Teucrium polium


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Teucrium polium is a deciduous Shrub growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is 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: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

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

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Condiment  Tea

The plant is mixed with boiled water and sugar to form a refreshing beverage[183]. The plant is used as a spice[183].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antifungal  Hypoglycaemic

A liquid extract of the plant has been used in the treatment of fungal diseases and abscesses[240].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in any moderately good well-drained soil in full sun[200]. Plants require a very well-drained soil[188]. Requires an alkaline soil[200]. A very variable species with a number of distinct sub-species. The bruised foliage releases a pleasant aromatic scent[245]. Plants are sub-shrubs, retaining a woody base but the stems often dying back in the winter[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[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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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Teucrium canadenseAmerican Germander, Canada germander, Western germanderPerennial1.0 4-8  LMHSNM010
Teucrium chamaedrysWall Germander, GermanderShrub0.3 5-9 SLMHSNDM12 
Teucrium marumCat ThymeShrub0.3 8-11  LMHNDM02 
Teucrium massiliense Shrub1.0 5-9  LMHNDM10 
Teucrium scordiumWater GermanderPerennial0.6 -  LMHSNM01 
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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Readers comment

Vassilios Papadopoulos   Wed May 7 2008

Dear Sirs, Consumption of Teucrium polium has been reported to cause acute cholestatic hepatits. There are at least 11 cases until now in Greece (see Savvidou et al., Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol 2007;19:511). Therefore, the Greek National Organization for Drugs (EOF) has issued a report concerning limited safety. Yours Sincerely, Vassilios Papadopoulos, MD, PhD Lecturer in Internal Medicine, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece vaspapmd@otenet.gr

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