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Santolina pinnata 'subsp. neapolitana Sulphurea'

Cotton lavender

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Aromatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


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Plant details

Cotton lavender leds itself beautifully to both formal and informal styles of gardening. Its feathery grey-green foliage can be kept neatly trimmed to form a low-growing topiary shape, or it can be left to grow to its own devices. Left unclipped, it will produce rounded, primrose-yellow flowers in mid-summer. It enjoys a sunny position in well-drained soil, making it the perfect candiate for a gravel garden. Try planting it with other sun-lovers such as lavender. 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. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Santolina

Species: pinnata

Cultivar: subsp. neapolitana Sulphurea

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: 75cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to take cuttings: July to August

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