from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of gamopetalous plants, of the order Labiatæ and tribe Ajugoideæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large widely distributed genus of perennial herbs or shrubs or subshrubs; native to Mediterranean region to western Asia
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The wonderful bloggers out there did come through with the correct ID, Veronica austriaca ver. teucrium ‘Crater Lake Blue’.
Apparently, the Veronica teucrium has been renamed Veronica austriaca.
It is indeed Veronica austriaca subsp teucrium ‘Crater Lake Blue’!
It was identified by some very helpful bloggers to be Veronica austriaca var. teucrium ‘Crater Lake Blue’.
As, for instance, thyme is to be identified by the calyx having hairs in its throat, dead nettle by having bristles in its mouth, lion's tail by having bones in its anthers (antheræ punctis osseis adspersæ), and teucrium by having its upper lip cut in two!
'Crispum' isn't the only unusual teucrium out there.
Although often used as a ground cover, or to spill over a rock wall, this teucrium is decorative enough to feature in your garden.
Now before you say, isn't teucrium that shrubby little green plant known as germander that people use as a low hedge - that would be T. chamaedrys - T. fruticans 'Azureum' is its taller, showier cousin.