Sideritis syriaca, Greek mountain tea, 9cm pot
Rarely available is this beautiful species also known as ironwort or Greek mountain tea, useful in both the landscape and the kitchen, as it has been used in traditional medicine for probably thousands of years. It is another lover of sunny dry landscapes, forming low clumps of narrow foliage that remind me of the more commonly grown Stachys species (lamb's ears) with silky soft silver foliage. In summer it sends up stems to 20-30cm which are studded with enchanting whorls of small lemon flowers. Perfect for areas with excellent drainage such as a rock garden, gravel bed or wall in a hot sunny spot. Size around 25-30cm at maturity. 9cm pot.