Ballota pseudodictamnus

Scientific name: Ballota pseudodictamnus


Common names: “False dittany”

Plant Type: Evergreen sub-shrub


Zone: 7-10

Light: Full sun

Exposure: Exposed

Soil: Average – handles poor rocky soil, prefers less clay

Moisture: Well drained – drought tolerant


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Plant Size: H 12-24″ W 12-18″

Leaf and Stem shape: Soft fuzzy rounded, white-hairy leaves and stems

Flower: Small pink flowers in whorls toward the stem tips, with large calycesImage result for ballota pseudodictamnus

Maintenance: Low, can shear off the flowers, cut back anytime it looks ratty except for late Fall

Landscape use: Foliage plant, rock gardens, banks, coastal cottage, containers

Propagate: By cuttings

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria

Comments: ~AGM winner, Super tough “Tough as nails and hard to find” , Mediterranean native

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