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Teucrium marum - Cat Thyme

Teucrium marum is one of the most fragrant herbs I have come across. The Cat Thyme smells more than a little medicinal when touched or brushed against. I have yet to test Teucrium marum as a cat attractant, so far i have only grown the Cat Thyme in dog inhabited gardens. Teucrium marum blooms much of the year making small purple flowers at the tips of the growing stems. Teucrium marum grows 8" to a foot tall and spreads a little more than a foot. Teucrium marum is quite drought tolerant. Cat Thyme has grown well in a variety of soil types, though it is unlikely to do well in soggy conditions. Teucrium marum was not damaged by Winter temperatures in the low teens. Teucrium marum stems gradually age, plants are renewed by a periodic shearing nearly to ground level.

Teucrium marum, Cat Thyme

Purple flowers and fine grey foliage of Teucrium marum - Cat Thyme. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Plants in the genus Teucrium featured on this site:
Teucrium ackermanii * Silver Germander
Teucrium cossonii * Fruity Germander
Teucrium fruticans azureum * Bush Germander
Teucrium majoricum * Fruity Germander
Teucrium marum * Cat Thyme