Santolina chamaecyparissus

Lavender Cotton
Plant Type

Shrub

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Small

Mature Height & Spread

2′ x 3-4′

Exposure

Full sun

Water

Medium, Low Water

Flower Color

Yellow

Bloom Time

Summer

Special Features

Coastal Conditions, Ground Cover, Low Water Use

Container Sizes

#1, #5

Natural Growth Habit

Mounding

Sunset Garden Zones

2-24, H1, H2

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

6A-9B

Moderate-growing evergreen sub-shrub to 2’ tall x 3-4’ wide. This long-lived, heat-tolerant species forms a dense mound of fragrant, grayish-silver foliage contrasted with button-like, bright-yellow flowers that rise above the attractive foliage in summer. Well-suited in beds, borders and containers, as an herb or rock garden accent, or as a dense-growing edging or groundcover. A hard pruning in early-spring will help promote a more vigorous growing, compact and tidy-looking specimen. This tough landscape favorite tolerates coastal conditions, drought and a variety of soil types, though a fast-draining soil is essential for this species to prosper. Thrives in a full sun exposure.

USDA Zone: 6A-9B
Sunset Zone: 2-24, H1, H2

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