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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.

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.

Water Needs

Wall germander grows well in Inland empire gardens in areas of full sun and with moderate amounts of water throughout the year. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water and you should make irrigation adjustments based on field observations of growth and character.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Moderate Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 3

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 3x 0x to 3x 0x to 3x 2x to 3x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 2x to 3x 0x to 3x 0x to 3x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
Inches per Month 0" to 3" 0" to 3" 0" to 3" 2" to 3" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 2" to 3" 0" to 3" 0" to 3"

Range of supplemental summer water: 9"-16"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-15"

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

For information how to calculate your irrigation system’s schedule and precipitation rate, please follow this link.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Shrub, Ground cover
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading, Mounding
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height: 12 in. - 18 in.
Width: 1 ft. - 2 ft.
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Foliage Color: Medium green, Gray green
Flower Color: Magenta
Flower Season: Summer
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Rocky soil, Calcareous soil
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Frost, Drought, All day sun
Function: Rock gardens, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Grouped, Flowering accent plant, Commercial spaces, Borders, Banks, Attracts bees


Prune / shear at once or twice per year to maintain a neat appearance and encourage side branching (5). Main pruning is best done in early fall or winter (D).



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