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  • Scientific Name: Santolina chamaecyparissus
  • Garden: Beneficial Insects and Compost Garden
  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen
  • Sun/Shade Exposure: Full Sun
  • Moisture Requirements: Dry

Plant Information

Santolina is an easy to grow evergreen perennial perfect for xeriscaping, in a mixed perennial border, or grown with other Mediterranean herbs. They are hardy to USDA Zone 6 and bloom all summer long with fragrant musky foliage. Common Name: Lavender Cotton Culture: Suited for hot, dry, full sun climates. Thrive in sandy, rocky, and infertile alkaline soils. However, will tolerate garden loam and well amended clay soils. Add pumice and sand to heavy clay soils to provide required drainage. Maintenance: Once established, drought tolerant and a relatively easy care plant. To prevent plants from becoming leggy, prune in autumn to encourage new spring growth. Pests & Diseases: Fairly pest and disease resistant. Susceptible to fungal disease in humidity and root rot if overwatered. Propagation: After five years plants will have lived their lifespan and will need to be replaced. Can easily propagated from cuttings. Uses: Dried leaves used in sachets and potpourris. Foliage historically used as insecticide. Can also be used medicinally on insect bites as pain relief. Flowers can be used in arrangements. Perfume oil is also extracted from leaves.

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