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botanical name:
Santolina chamaecyparissus
Santolina chamaecyparissus © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Cotton lavender
synonyms:  Santolina incana
family:  Asteraceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, ground-cover, scented/aromatic
height: 0.60m
width: 1.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: rounded
leaf colour: grey
flower colour: yellow
main season: All Year
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
description:
Compact, rounded shrub with grey-white woolly foliage. Bright yellow flowerheads on slender stems in mid to late summer. Strongly aromatic.

cultivation:
Prefers light (sandy) and medium (loamy) well-drained soils. Will grow in nutritionally poor and also very alkaline soil. It requires full sun will survive in very exposed maritime locations and is very drought tolerant. Tendency to become lax and open, especially if grown on moist fertile soil.
Prune fairly y hard in April to promote new bushy growth.



propagation:
Seed or half-ripe cuttings taken from side shoots.

other notes:
RHS AGM

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