Herb latin name: Ballota pseudodictamnus

Family: Labiatae

Description of the plant:


60 cm
(2 feet)

Habitat of Ballota pseudodictamnus:

Rocks and rough ground on alkaline soils.

Other uses of the herb:

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. Plants form a slowly spreading clump.

Propagation of Ballota pseudodictamnus:

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. 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.

Cultivation of the herb:

Rocks and rough ground on alkaline soils.

Medicinal use of Ballota pseudodictamnus:

None known

Known hazards of Ballota pseudodictamnus:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.