Santolina chamaecyparissus

Cotton lavender

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Aromatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (62366)

Plant details

Santolina chamaecyparissus or cotton lavender is a Mediterranean shrub that makes a neat, rounded bush, with finely divided foliage. It enjoys 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. It has been given an Award of Garden Merit (AGM), which is for plants of outstanding excellence.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Santolina

Species: chamaecyparissus

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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