Teucrium canadense

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Wood-sage, Canadian Germander

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Plant Specifics

Size:2-3 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Pink,blue,lavender
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Moist wildflower garden. Makes a good mass planting on the edge of a pond or ditch.
Considerations:This plant will spread to form a large colony in moist areas. Plant where this is an asset.
Propagation:Seed. Division. Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed, Specialty providers
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable



Occasionally visited by humminbirds (Wikipedia)


  • Pollinators include bumblebees, honey bees, digger bees, cuckoo bees and megachilid bees. 
  • Nectar plant for butterflies and (occasionally) hummingbord moths (Wikipedia).
  • Flowers are also visited by flies.

Native Habitats:Swamps, floodplains, marshes, wet meadows, wet pastures, margins of lakes and ponds, cypress domes, ditches, disturbed sites.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures