Cotton Lavender (Santolina)


Common name: Cotton lavender

Family: Asteraceae

These low-growing shrubs originating from Mediterranean regions are grown for their attractive silvery foliage and small button-like flowers.


santolina pinnataPopular species and varieties

One species with bright lemon-yellow summer flowers over silver-white feathery foliage is Santolina pinnata sub sp. Neapolitana (AGM). The form that is most widely seen in gardens is Santolina chamaecyparissus (AGM), which grows to round 60cm (24in) and has silvery foliage and bright yellow blooms, although flowering can sometimes be a little disappointing. It has been grown in our gardens since the 16th century.

Santolina rosmarinifolia is a very dwarf species and best grown on the rock garden. The foliage, in this case, is bright green, highlighting the equally bright lemon-yellow flowers that appear in early summer



Soil type Most well-drained soils — Santolina will not tolerate cold, waterlogged conditions.

Planting These are sun-lovers; plant them in the autumn or spring. The latter has the advantage in that plants will establish quicker as soil temperatures rise.

Pruning Generally, all that is required is to trim the plants after flowering. Every two or three years cut them back hard to encourage new growth from the base, and to keep the plant tidy.

Propagation Semi-ripe cuttings around 5-7cm (2-3in) long should be taken in summer

Pests and diseases Generally trouble free.

18. May 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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