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Ballota pseudodictamnus
Ballota pseudodictamnus
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Ballota pseudodictamnus

Greek Horehound

USDA Zone: 7-10

Plant number: 1.094.100

Also known as False Dittany or False Divinity. An extremely drought-tolerant perennial, forming a shrubby evergreen mound. The leaves are very hairy and soft, giving a velvety silver-grey appearance and catching drops of rain or dew in a delightful way. Small pink and white flowers appear in early summer, similar to Phlomis but mostly hidden among the leaves. Needs very good drainage, thrives in poor soils. A good candidate for a raised bed or rock garden. If plants become leggy over time, just prune them back hard in the spring. Possibly deer and/or rabbit resistant.

Further details for
Ballota pseudodictamnus

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
Care Level
Flower Colour
  Deep Pink
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
  Late Spring
Foliage Color
  Grey Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Drought Tolerant
   30-60 cm
   12-23 inches
   30-45 cm
   12-18 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.