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Plant Species of the genus Sideritis

Information about this genus
Name: Sideritis
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: These plants are easily grown in any reasonably fertile, light, well-drained soil in full sun or morning shade. They tolerate light frosts but prefer dry winters because prolonged wet and cold conditions can cause the downy leaves to rot. Other than a little tidying, trimming is seldom necessary. Propagate from seed or half-hardened tip cuttings of non-flowering stems.
Description: This Mediterranean genus, also occurring on the Canary Islands and other nearby islands in the Atlantic Ocean, is composed of around 100 species of annuals, perennials, subshrubs and shrubs. They have downy stems and leaves, and whorls of tubular to bell-shaped flowers in terminal spikes with leafy bracts at their base. The leaves are usually a pointed oval in shape, with a heart-shaped base, and may be smooth-edged or irregularly toothed or notched.

Specie Vernacular Zone
romana simplebeak ironwort
Sideritis macrostachys 9-10

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