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Ballota pseudodictamnus - Grecian Horehound
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Greece (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10° F
Ballota pseudodictamnus (Grecian Horehound) - This dense small shrub 12 to 18 inches tall and flowing out to more than 3 feet wide with fuzzy rounded 1 inch gray-green soft wooly leaves paired up along the stem. Although inconspicuous, the small white flowers with purple in the throat rise in interrupted clusters at the foliage tips during summer. Some recommend shearing the flowers to maintain clean foliage look but we don’t find the flowers that detracting. Plant in full sun in most any soil that has fairly good drainage. Water occasionally to infrequently – a very drought tolerant plant . Hardy to around at least 10° F and tolerant of near coastal conditions. A good plant in a raised bed or rock garden and combines well with succulents with the foliage particularly attractive after a light rain or in the morning when the leaves catch and display drops of moisture. Stays quite low if kept dry but if becomes a little too big can be pruned back hard in the spring and seems resistant to predation by deer and rabbit but is attractive to bees, bumblebees and beneficial insects. Grecian Horehound is native to western Turkey and the Aegean islands where it grows on limestone. The name for the genus was the ancient Greek name first given to the black Horehound, Ballota nigra and the specific epithet means "false Dittany" in reference to its resemblance to plants in the genus Dictamnus. Ballota is closely related to Marrubium, the true Horehounds and some authors have listed it as Marrubium pseudodictamnus. This plant received the Royal Horticultural Societies prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993. We have grown this great plant since receiving it from H-Mark Nursery in 1991.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Ballota pseudodictamnus.