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---Description---The roots are perennial and creeping, the square stem, 6 to 18 inches high, erect, much branched, leafy. The opposite, dark green leaves are 1/2 to 1 1/2 inch long and indented, somewhat like an oak leaf, hence the name Chamaedrys, from chamai (ground) and drus (oak). The name Germander is considered also to be a corruption of Chamaedrys. The French term this plant Petit Chêne, from the shape of the leaves, as well as Chasse fièvre, from its use inmedicine.
Wall germander is native to dry hillsides and open woods, particularly in limestone soils around the Mediterranean region. It is a popular border plant in residential gardens with a pleasing natural form that can be clipped as a petite hedge and border plant. It needs well-drained soils and regular moisture during flowering stages. Flowers attract large numbers of bees and should be trimmed off at the end of their season to maintain good foliage density. American germander may be confused with some of the superficially similar hedge-nettles (genus Stachys), also of the Mint (Lamiaceae) family. Ouachita hedge-nettle (Stachys iltisii) can be especially confusing. This hedge-nettle occurs primarily in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas and Oklahoma, with a few scattered occurrences also in the Arkansas Valley and Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.
Like germander, it forms rhizomatous colonies, sometimes in similar habitats. However, Ouachita hedge-nettle can be distinguished by the following: 1) very dense short hairs on upper and lower leaf surfaces as well as on stems, 2) a tapered leaf base, 3) flowers that are arranged in tiers, 4) generally blooming a month earlier, 4) a hood-like upper corolla-lobe and 5) straight lavender to purple filaments and style and stigma that do not project beyond the upper lobe. The prostrate Wall germander is a small mounding subshrub growing 12-18 in. high, spreading 1-2 ft. across. Its small deep green leaves have toothed margins; colorful spikes of rosy-purple flowers grow on tall stems above the foliage in early summer. german, German Africa, German Baptist Brethren, German cockroach, German Democratic Republic, germander, germander speedwell, germane, German East Africa, German fries, Germania (Source: www.dictionary.com)