False dittany

A cousin of the mint.
Common name : False dittany
Scientific name : Ballota pseudodictamnus
Family : Lamiaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Sun loving
Sun loving
Minimal water
Minimal water
Ballota pseudodictamnus - the false dittany - is a species of flowering plant in the mint family native to the southern Aegean region. It is a low mound-forming evergreen shrub growing to 50 cm (20 in) tall bearing almost circular silver-green leaves with a soft felted texture and pink flowers in late spring and early summer. It tolerates temperatures as low as −10 °C (14 °F), but requires very dry conditions and sharp drainage in full sun.

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Caracteristics

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Water needs
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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 7a
Height 30 - 45
pH 6 - 8

Plant my false dittany

Plant between October and the end of March but not during frost periods. Check that the desired location meets the requirements described in the description, and avoid working in soggy soil. Dig a hole two to three times as wide as the root ball of your tree. Handle the root ball carefully to keep it intact while you place it in the hole. Put your shrub to the correct height, and replace the soil, respecting the order of the layers of possible - bottom layer to top. Tamp regularly. After planting, pour two watering cans at the bottom, then place a good layer of mulch.

Water my false dittany

Water regulary in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

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