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BeddingHerbaceous Perennial

Ballota pseudodictamnus
  • RHS AGM

false dittany

A low-growing dwarf evergreen sub-shrub with rounded, white-hairy leaves and stems and small pink flowers in whorls toward the stem tips, with large calyces

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Green Grey Silver
Summer Pink Green Grey Silver
Autumn Green Grey Silver
Winter Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Lamiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Ballota can be perennials or evergreen sub-shrubs, with opposite, aromatic leaves and whorls of small, 2-lipped flowers often with large funnel-shaped calyces

Name status

Correct

Plant range
S Aegean

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in poor, well-drained soil in full sun

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings or softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Gravel garden
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 10 in mid-spring

Pests

Can get leafhoppers

Diseases

Generally disease free

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