Teucrium hircanicum - Iranian Wood Sage
30 seeds open pollinated seeds from our gardens.
This perennial species of Germander or Wood Sage looks more like a Speedwell in appearance, with tapering spikes of deep pink to magenta-purple blooms forming in mid to late summer, over a lush mound of fragrant green leaves. In my garden I have found it prefers a bit of afternoon shade. Wood Sage prefers well drained soil and is almost pest and disease free. It is a perfect architectural feature for meadow and cottage gardens. Cut back after flowering to keep compact. The flowers bring in beneficial insects and make wonderful cut flowers. Plants grow to 60cm and can be divided in spring.
Sow the seeds during autumn or spring on the surface of lightly firmed, moist seed compost in pots or trays. Seeds must be sown thinly. Do not cover the very small seeds, but tightly press them into the compost. Water from the base of the tray. Place in a propagator or warm place, preferably at 15 to 20°C. Keep the compost moist but not wet at all times. Germination occurs 5 to 10 days after planting. Keep in cooler conditions after germination occurs.
Prick out each seedling once it has its first set of true leaves (these are what most people think are the second set of leaves) and transplant into 7.5cm pots containing free-draining compost and grow them on in frost free conditions until large enough to plant outside.
Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10 to 15 days before planting out after all risk of frost has passed. Overwinter autumn sown plants in frost-free conditions before planting out the following spring. Plant 30 to 60cm apart.
Once established the plants can handle light frost.
Please note this is not our photo.