Small Coast Germander – Mint Family (Labiatae)
Marshallia caespitosa DC
Region: 2 – 4, 6, 10 (Ellis County is Region 4)
Size: 2 feet
Blooms: March through December, Annual/Perennial
Germander is represented in Texas by three species with several subspecies. Germander has square stems and opposite leaves. All species form colonies. Small coast germander has lobed, cleft or scalloped leaves. Stalked white flowers are three-fourths of an inch long. T. laciniatum, cutleaf germander, flowers in the leaf axils. It has half-inch white flowers and the broadly lobed leaves are incised nearly to the midrib. T. canadense, American germander, or wood sage, has flower spikes up to eight inches long, with individual flowers reaching a length of one-half to three-quarters of an inch. They may be creamy white, pale pink or pale lavender.