Lavender cotton

Santolina chamaecyparissus

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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Lavender cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus)
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Genus:  Santolina
This fine-textured, mound-forming shrub has gray foliage and yellow, button-like flowerheads formed by tubular flowers appearing in summer.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Santolina looks great in Mediterranean gardens and as edging.
Care:  Grow in sandy or loamy soil with good drainage, and full sun. Santolina may need to be cut back severely every year or it becomes long and woody.
Propagation:  Root semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.
Problems:  Infrequent.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Characteristics
Fragrant Foliage
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Yellow Flower
Foliage Color
Silver/Grey
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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