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Santolina chamaecyparissus (Lavender cotton)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.6m
Max height
1m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Santolina chamaecyparissus

Other names

Lavender cotton, Cotton lavender, French lavender, Ground cypress, Chamaecyparissus africanus, Santolina incana

Genus

Santolina Santolina

Species

S. chamaecyparissus - S. chamaecyparissus is an evergreen shrub with fine, aromatic foliage. In summer, it is covered with a mass of spherical, yellow flowers.


Santolina chamaecyparissus is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic.

Habit

Bushy, Rounded

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Can be used as a dwarf hedge but could be short-lived. Trim back after flowering to maintain a dense, compact habit.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Santolina chamaecyparissus (Lavender cotton) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 1m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Beds and borders, Gravel, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Containers, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in a sunny, sheltered position. Thrives in hot, sunny sites.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Santolina chamaecyparissus

Other names

Lavender cotton, Cotton lavender, French lavender, Ground cypress, Chamaecyparissus africanus, Santolina incana

Genus

Santolina Santolina

Species

S. chamaecyparissus - S. chamaecyparissus is an evergreen shrub with fine, aromatic foliage. In summer, it is covered with a mass of spherical, yellow flowers.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic.

Habit

Bushy, Rounded

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Can be used as a dwarf hedge but could be short-lived. Trim back after flowering to maintain a dense, compact habit.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Santolina chamaecyparissus (Lavender cotton) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 1m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Beds and borders, Gravel, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Containers, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in a sunny, sheltered position. Thrives in hot, sunny sites.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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