Posted by on June 5, 2009 at 10:40 pm.


Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus) is also called Lavender Cotton and is originally from Europe.  It is actually an herb that is evergreen in my garden but would be perennial further north.  It’s hard to tell in this picture, but the foliage is actually a silver/grey and the flower and foliage both hold up will for cutting.

The leaves have a wonderful, almost lavender, smell when brushed or crushed.  I love the smell, but evidently moths don’t.  One of the herbal uses for Santolina is as a moth repellant.

This is a very drought tollerent plant.  About the only problem you might have with it is if the soil doesn’t drain well enough.  It loves the extremely hot dry weather and full sun and will bloom all summer long.  I like to deadhead it a bit when it starts looking too leggy.

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