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View Larger Gray Santolina

Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden

  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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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.

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