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Ballota pseudodictamnus (False dittany)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.5m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Ballota pseudodictamnus

Other names

False dittany

Genus

Ballota Ballota

Species

B. pseudodictamnus - B. pseudodictamnus is one of the very best foliage plants. It is a low-growing dwarf evergreen shrub with rounded, fine white-furry leaves and stems and small pink flowers in whorls toward the stem tips, with large pale green calyces.


Ballota pseudodictamnus is: Evergreen

Habit

Bushy, Cushion or Mound Forming, Rounded

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Light green, Insignificant or absent, Pale-purple in Spring; Insignificant or absent, Pale-purple, Light green in Summer

Foliage

Pale-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leafhoppers Leafhoppers

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Ballota pseudodictamnus (False dittany) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

City, Drought Tolerant, Beds and borders, Gravel, Containers, Rock, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow in poor, well-drained soils in full sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Ballota pseudodictamnus

Other names

False dittany

Genus

Ballota Ballota

Species

B. pseudodictamnus - B. pseudodictamnus is one of the very best foliage plants. It is a low-growing dwarf evergreen shrub with rounded, fine white-furry leaves and stems and small pink flowers in whorls toward the stem tips, with large pale green calyces.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Bushy, Cushion or Mound Forming, Rounded

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Light green, Insignificant or absent, Pale-purple in Spring; Insignificant or absent, Pale-purple, Light green in Summer

Foliage

Pale-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leafhoppers

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Ballota pseudodictamnus (False dittany) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

City, Drought Tolerant, Beds and borders, Gravel, Containers, Rock, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow in poor, well-drained soils in full sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

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