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Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Lemon Queen'

Cotton lavender

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Aromatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Clive Nichols, copyright GAP Photos (62091)

Plant details

Santolina or lavender cotton is a Mediterranean group of small or medium-sized shrubs that make neat, rounded bushes, with finely divided foliage. They enjoy warm sunny positions, and good drainage is essential. In colder areas, it will need protection in winter. It is worth taking a few cuttings in late summer to overwinter indoors as an insurance policy. S. chamaecyparissus is a choice dwarf species with soft, woolly foliage, silver, white, or grey in the variety 'Lemon Queen', which is denser than the species and a more attractive plant for rock gardens and small beds.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Santolina

Species: chamaecyparissus

Cultivar: Lemon Queen

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 50cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to take cuttings: July to August

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