Ballota pseudodictamnus

26 Aug

Ballota pseudodictamnus (28/07/2012, Kew Gardens, London)

Ballota pseudodictamnus (28/07/2012, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun

Flowering period: Late spring to summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 60cm

Eventual Spread: 90cm

Hardiness: 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a

Family: Lamiaceae

Ballota pseudodictamnus is a low growing, evergreen, bushy sub-shrub. Its silver/ green leaves are rounded with entire margins, hairy and up to 3cm long and 2cm broad. Its stems are also covered in white hairs. Its pink hermaphrodite flowers are up to 15mm long and appear in whorls towards the stem tips.

Ballota pseudodictamnus, commonly known as False Dittany or Grecian Horehound, is native to the Greek islands.

The etymological root of the binomial name Ballota is derived from the Greek ballwth, the ancient Greek name for Ballota nigra. Pseudodictamnus is derived from the Greek pseudo meaning ‘falseand dictamnus, another genus of plants.

Ballota pseudodictamnus (28/07/2012, Kew Gardens, London)

Ballota pseudodictamnus (28/07/2012, Kew Gardens, London)

The landscape architect may find Ballota pseudodictamnus useful as an evergreen ground cover, particularly on dry sites. Once established this plant is drought tolerant.

Ecologically, Ballota pseudodictamnus is attractive to pollinating insects.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given Ballota pseudodictamnus their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

  Ballota pseudodictamnus prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil. It will tolerate poor soils

Ballota pseudodictamnus requires little maintenance. Pruning should be carried out in mid spring.

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