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Santolina chamaecyparissus (Lavender cotton)

Santolina chamaecyparissus Photo/Illustration: Steve Aitken


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Santolina chamaecyparissus san-toe-LEE-nah kam-ah-sip-ar-ISS-us Common Name: Lavender cotton 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.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Tolerance Deer Tolerant
Characteristics Fragrant Foliage
Bloom Time Summer
Foliage Color Silver/Grey
Flower Color Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Style Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Shrubs

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