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Ballota pseudodictamnus - (L.)Benth.
                 
Common Name
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rocks and rough ground on alkaline soils[200].
Range S. Europe - S. Aegean.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Ballota pseudodictamnus


Ballota pseudodictamnus
   
Physical Characteristics
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Ballota pseudodictamnus is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.9 m (3ft in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf 12-Jan. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms
Habitats
 Ground Cover; Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Wick.

The calyces are used as floating wicks in oil lamps. The calyx is placed on the surface of the oil and soon becomes saturated with oil. It is then lit. A good ground cover plant for a sunny position. It is best to cut old growth back to the basal rosette in spring[197]. Plants form a slowly spreading clump[208].
Cultivation details
Requires a very well-drained position in full sun[187, 188, 200]. Established plants are drought tolerant[190]. Tolerates poor soils[200]. Best grown in a hot dry position with some protection given from severe frosts[200]. Usually found on alkaline soils in the wild, it tolerates a pH down to 5 in cultivation[200]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. Plants are best pruned back to the ground in spring before new growth commences[188]. Plants are generally untroubled by pests and diseases[200]. This species is closely related to B. acetabulosa[200].
Propagation
Seed - we have no details for this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring[200]. Larger divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions whilst smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well. Cuttings of semi-ripe wood in the summer[188].
Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Expert comment
 
Author
(L.)Benth.
Botanical References
200
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Readers comment
 
Beatrice Claire P.
Aug 21 2010 12:00AM
Excellent for bees, bumblebees and other similar insects. My ballotas are covered in these insects and I would grow this plant for this reason alone as they provide food for them at a time when the garden is not so full of insect friendly plants.
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