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Featured Conservation Plants: December 2015

December 2015:
Ballota pseudodictamnus (compact form) B&M 8119

Another new introduction to the Conservation Scheme in October 2015, this is similar to but much neater than Ballota acetabulosa. It was collected in Crete by Chris Brickell but has proved to be hardy at Cotswold Garden Flowers in Worcs where it has been growing since 1996.

The plant makes a very compact bushette with pale, grey-green woolly foliage, whorls of small, soft purple flowers and persistent grey-green sepals. It flowers between August and October, reaching a height of 30-40cm in total.

This Balotta grows best in full sun in a free-draining soil which maintains good drainage during the winter. It is an attractive foliage plant for the front of the border, complementing purple or red-flowered plants or can be used for softening the effects of brighter colours or dark foliage.


Cuttings are best taken from June to August and it is advisable to remove the fuzzy coating from the stem before potting up to ensure the best success with propagation.

The Conservation scheme involves HPS members in growing these plants and documenting the best way to grow and propagate them. The plants are distributed across the country with many local groups and individual growers being involved.

The scheme is open to all HPS members. More information about the scheme can be found here.

Since the present scheme started in 1998, we have been successful in conserving over 30 plant varieties that are, in our opinion, all worthy of being grown in British gardens. However, there are still a large number of potentially garden worthy plants in need of conservation.

If you are a interested in making this (or any other of our conservation plants) available on a commercial basis, please contact the National Coordinator.

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