Also known as false divinity and Greek horehound, this evergreen perennial shrub is a native to dry Mediterranean areas in Europe and western Asia, including the south Aegean, Egypt, Libya and Turkey. It is a member of the deadnettle family, Lamiacea, that also includes mint, rosemary, and beebalm. Growing up to 2′ tall plants have opposite woolly silver-gray leaves that are almost circular and 1″ across. From late spring into summer whorls of small white to pink flowers appear near the tops of the stems but are mostly hidden by the leaves. Plants need excellent drainage and are a good choice for raised beds or rock garden. Stems with leaves are good as a filler in dried arrangements. The genus name, Ballota, is the Greek name for a species in this genus. The specific epithet, psedodictamnus, comes from the Greek words pseudo meaning false, and dictamnus, the name of a perennial herb honoring Mount Dikte, and refers to the superficial resemblance of the two plants when young.
Type: Evergreen shrub
Outstanding Feature: Foliage
Growth Rate: Medium
Bloom:Small white to pink flowers in whorls from late spring to summer
Size: 1-2′ H x 1-1.5′ W
Light: Full sun
Soil: Lean, dry, well-drained
Hardiness: Zones 7-10
Care: Prune back hard in the spring to encourage new growth.
Pests and Diseases: Leafhoppers
Propagation: Semihardwood or softwood cuttings
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