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Ballota is a small genus which includes a few dwarf shrubs or subshrubs, almost border perennials in appearance and originating mainly in Greece and the eastern Mediterranean. This species is a neat and attractive foliage plant, evergreen except in cold exposed positions, and a fine choice for hot sunny sites where it forms tidy mounds of ground-cover foliage. The whole plant is woolly, a beautiful greyish white on its younger growth, which is usually encouraged by firm annual pruning. Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer. A hardy shrub, ballota can grow in most soils that are free-draining, but prefers a sunny site, and will tolerate drought. On damp cold sites, mulch with bark over winter. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.
Plant type: Evergreen shrub
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Grey
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist, Sandy
Skill level: Experienced
Time to take cuttings: April to July
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