Santolina chamaecyparissus

Scientific name: Santolina chamaecyparissus

Synonym: Chamaecyparissus africanus , Santolina incana


Common names: “Lavender cotton” “cotton lavender”

Plant Type: Evergreen shrub


Zone: 6-9

Light: Full sun

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Poor – moderately fertile soils with less clay

Moisture: Well drained with summer drought


Plant Size: H 20-30″ W 2-3′

Leaf and Stem shape: Narrow, silvery-woolly, much dissected arommatic leaves

Flower: Long-stalked, button-like bright yellow flowerheads

Pruning: Annual shearing to maintain form in Feb/March, only cut into new growth leaving 1″ of green

Maintenance: Low, cut off spent flowers in Fall and cut back in early Spring

Landscape use: Mediterranean garden, low hedging, gravel garden, container

Propagate: By seed and cuttings

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria

*Deer resistant

Comments: Native to the Mediterranean, may be a fire hazard if planted near flammable materials, the aromatic leaves can be used as a flavouring for broths, sauces and grain dishes

Cultivars: ~AGM winner: S. c. ‘Nana’ – dwarf version

S. rosmarinifolia – has green leaves


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