Teucrium hircanicum (Caucasian Germander/Wood Sage)
I have grown this showy Germander for so many years that I had completely forgotten its name until recently. Could it be some type of Veronica, I wondered? Close, but no cigar. This is Teucrium hircanicum, also known as Wood Sage and Caucasian Germander because it is native to Western Asia and the Caucasus Mountains. Now that one of my life's great mysteries is solved, I am pleased to add this lovely Germander to my plant list. Even without the many spikes of densely packed magenta flowers that last for a very long time in summer, the slightly hairy, crinkly leaves keep this long-lived perennial attractive. Teucrium hircanicum grows to about two feet in full sun to light shade, with colorful magenta spikes adding another 8 - 10 colorful inches. Zones 5-8. Quarts.