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Soft silvery foliage, which somewhat resembles French lavender, gives this plant its common name of lavender cotton. It is a good edging plant in sunny, well-drained spots. Santolina was commonly used medicinally and can be used to ward off insects.

Latin Name

Santolina chamaecyparissus



Also Known As

Lavender Cotton

Type of Plant

Shrubs Shrubs
Herbs Herbs

Bloom Season

July - August


Fall Fall
Spring Spring
Summer Summer
Winter Winter


Max height Max Height: 2'
Max spread Max Spread: 3'


  • Herb
  • Hedge
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Drought

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Western and Central Mediterranean


    Santolina has been in use since the middle ages as a medicinal herb and is a staple of Colonial Revival gardens.

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden

  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b

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