• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Moderate grower to 1½ ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Fragrant
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:san-tow-LEEN-ah kam-e-sip-ar-IS-us
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:3 - 24, 27, 29, 30, 32 - 35, 39
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 1½ ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Special features:Deer Resistant, Waterwise
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Design IdeasThis makes a lovely edging for the herb garden or English-style border. Combine with the all green species into a checkerboard groundcover. A valuable source of solid gray foliage in Mediterranean style planting. It can be sheared for a more formal look, which will also keep the growth more dense.
    Companion PlantsContrast the mounding silver-gray foliage of this Cotton with a vertical form, such as Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica). Or, combine with the sword-like foliage of Bronze New Zealand Flax (Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum Compactum'). For good color contrast, add the deep-purple foliage of Royal Purple Smoke Tree (Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple') to the planting.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a neat appearance, shear annually after flowering.Pruning time: late winter or early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This drought resistant species is a native of the Mediterranean where aromatic foliage protects it from browsing wildlife. It came into cultivation early on as a natural pesticidal herb but later became popular in Tudor knot garden pattern making. Its name translates to holy flax, even though this relates to no aspect of its use.
    Lore:
    In France this plant was known as garde robe, because sprigs were used in closets and trunks to repel moths.