Teucrium polium

Felty or mountain germander                                                                Τεύκριο το πόλιο

Lamiaceae - mint family                                                                                            Dicot.


With its wiry stems, and its small leaves, Teucrium polium is a typical phrygana plant and can be found in the driest of sites. The leaves have toothed edges which are incurled and the whole plant is covered in a soft, white 'felt', these features reduce water loss and protect from the heat and light. The tiny white flowers with prominent stamens and style, are crowded into rounded clusters: they are short-lived and quickly become papery seed cases.

Like many phrygana plants, T. polium, has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb and has recently been confirmed to contain a number of pharmacologically active compounds. The old Greek name for the plant was polion (πόλιον) and it was recommended by Theophrastus to keep moths out of clothes.1

↕6-8mm ❉1-2.5cm ↨ 15-26cm  12-40cm ℞                             JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
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