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Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Pretty Carol'

Cotton lavender

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Scented flowers, Aromatic foliage



Skill level


Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Pretty Carol'

Plant details

Santolina chamaecyparissus, or cotton lavender, is a Mediterranean shrub that makes a neat, rounded bush, with finely divided foliage. It's ideal for using as groundcover, to fill gaps at the front of the border, and is also well suited to growing in pots.

Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Pretty Carol’ is a small cultivar. In summer it bears bright yellow pom-pom flowers, in contrast with silver, fragrant foliage. It's extremely attractive to pollinators, including bees. For best results, grow Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Pretty Carol’ in moist but well-drained soil, in a sunny, sheltered spot. Protect from winter frosts in colder regions, or grow in pots to move indoors in autumn. The Royal Horticultural Society has give it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Genus: Santolina

Species: chamaecyparissus

Cultivar: Pretty Carol

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Silver

Feature: Scented flowers, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 50cm

Spread: 100cm

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