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Teucrium laciniatum (Lacy germander)
Anderson, Wynn

Teucrium laciniatum

Teucrium laciniatum Torr.

Lacy Germander, Cut-leaf Germander, Dwarf Germander

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A 3-6 inch tufted perennial with several erect stems and deeply cut, narrowly lobed leaves. Small, white, funnel-shaped flowers are crowded at the top of the plant, and colored with purple lines in the throat.

Where conditions are favorable, this plant forms a dense mat. It is extremely drought-tolerant.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Usually up to about 6 inches tall. Rarely up to 10 inches.
Flower: Flowers 2 inches.
Fruit: Nutlets.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: White, often with purple lines in the throat.


USA: CO , KS , MD , NM , OK , TX
Native Distribution: OK to CO, s. to w. TX & NM
Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannas

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, hard caliche; sandy or clay loams. Gypseous, Limestone-based, Caliche type, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay.
Conditions Comments: Where conditions are favorable, this plant forms a dense mat and can be used as a ground cover. Stays shortest in sunny, unwatered areas. Extremely drought-tolerant.


Use Ornamental: Aromatic, Perennial garden, Border
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Propagation Material: Seeds
Description: Propagate by root division, seed, or cuttings.
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX


Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Teucrium laciniatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Teucrium laciniatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Teucrium laciniatum


Record Modified: 2023-02-28
Research By: TWC Staff

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