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Lavender Cotton, Gray Santolina

Santolina chamaecyparissus

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Santolina chamaecyparissus

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Santolina chamaecyparissus Plant Information

Scientific Name: Santolina chamaecyparissus
Common Name: lavender cotton

gray santolina
Family: Asteraceae
Suggested Uses: perennials, beds & borders
Plant Form: rounded
Height: 1.5 - 2 feet
Spread: 2 - 4 feet
Foliage: silvery-gray foliage covered in pubescence and finely divided
Flower: yellow, button-like flowers on long stalks
Bloom Period: Summer - Fall
Sun: full sun
Water: low water requirement


low tolerance for humidity
Soil: well-drained; will not tolerate wet feet

tolerates salt
Heat Tolerance: high heat tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 7 - 11
Native Range: Mediterranean
Maintenance: shears well

slow growth rate


stem cuttings
Pests & Pathology: susceptible to root rot
Additional Notes: useful for blending contrasting colors together

tolerates wind

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